Highlands map is ready ‘set jet’ go

The Highlands has been firmly in the spotlight in recent years, from Hollywood blockbusters to independent films and VisitScotland is giving consumers the opportunity to explore some of these fantastic film sets.

In partnership with The Highland Council, VisitScotland has produced The Highlands & Skye movie map, which highlights more than 50 locations across the region that have attracted attention on the big screen.

Everyone seems to have heard the buzz around Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises and Harry Potter, but did you know that the 1975 classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail was partly filmed at Glen Coe and Rannoch Moor? Make sure you have all the Hollywood highlights for your guests by downloading a copy of the map now.

The map has already been stealing the spotlight at a recent launch event at George Best Belfast Airport. Passengers at the airport were greeted by famous characters and a string quartet that treated them to orchestral soundtracks from a variety of Hollywood blockbusters that were filmed in the Highlands.

The action-packed cinematic stunt was organised by VisitScotland and Flybe to encourage Northern Ireland movie fans to take a trip to the Highlands this summer.

There was also a soft launch of the movie map earlier this year at the Celtic Media Festival in Inverness.

With the latest version of Macbeth, released in October 2015, it will again draw cinema goers’ attention to the beautiful landscapes of Skye.

Film tourism or ‘set jetting’ refers to visits to specific sites where films were shot or visits to locations which are featured in films. Film also plays a wider role by influencing a visitor’s choice of holiday destination, promoting a country and showcasing what it has to offer. Studies show that 40% of potential visitors to Britain are inspired to come here after seeing it on film or on television.

The new film map will be available from VisitScotland Information Centres. Any tourism businesses who would like copies for their premises can contact with required quantities.

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