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Scotland tops poll for movie locations

Glenfinnan ViaductScotland has been voted the world’s Best Cinematic Destination in an online poll run by one of America’s biggest newspapers.

The country’s popularity is likely to be a further incentive to those with plans to develop film studios in Scotland to complement its natural landscape.

Readers of USA Today voted Scotland ahead of Petra in Jordan (as seen in the climactic scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and third-placed New Zealand (which features in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies).

Scotland has featured in a number of high-profile movies in recent years, including the Harry Potter series (2001 to 2011); the James Bond movie Skyfall, Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises (all 2012). Glasgow was the setting for World War Z (2013) will feture in the upcoming films Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender, and Victor Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.

Scotland also plays a starring role in the hit US television series Outlander, which is now being shown in the UK on Amazon Prime.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “This is a fantastic accolade for Scotland, which has beaten some of the world’s most iconic film locations to take this award.

“Given our country’s incredible and unique scenery, our range of spectacular buildings, as well as the warmth of our welcome, it is no wonder that it continues to attract some of the top film-makers from all over the world.

“Set-jetting, where people visit their favourite filming locations, is hugely popular and Scotland’s victory in this USA Today poll is further testimony to this country’s growing reputation as one of the world’s greatest film sets.”

Photo: The Glenfinnan Viaduct, as seen in the Harry Potter films, is one of many spectacular Scottish locations seen in the movies.  Photo supplied by VisitScotland

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