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VisitScotland cashing in on new film

Is this a guide I see before me? New Macbeth tour

Macbeth Michael Fassbender

Macbeth, arguably Scotland’s most famous king, is back on the big screen this autumn and visitors to Scotland can now trace his story and the landmarks around his life.

Ahead of the film’s release by acclaimed director Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender (above) and Marion Cotillard, VisitScotland has produced an online guide: Macbeth – The Man, Myth & Legend.

To celebrate the launch, three ‘Weird Sisters’ gathered in the grounds of Brodie Castle, Forres, close to Macbeth’s Hillock which, according to local folklore, is the ‘blasted heath’ where the tragic king and his friend Banquo meet the foreboding trio in William Shakespeare’s play.

The guide focuses on places associated with the real Macbeth, who reigned from 1040 to 1057; the lead character from Shakespeare’s tragedy; as well as the Skye filming locations used as stunning backdrops in the director’s upcoming epic.

Locations in Macbeth – The Man, Myth & Legend include:

·         Moray – the Mormaerdom, or Kingdom, where Macbeth ruled

·         Dingwall – the town in the Highlands where it is believed Macbeth was born around 1005

·         Forres – where Shakespeare located King Duncan’s castle, and near the ‘blasted heath’ where Macbeth had his fateful encounter with the three witches

·         Cawdor Castle – Macbeth is given the title of ‘Thane of Cawdor’ in the play

·         Glamis Castle – the Bard also gives his lead character the title of ‘Thane of Glamis’, which lies in Angus

·         Elgin Cathedral – although the cathedral did not exist in Macbeth’s time, it is said a mortally wounded Duncan was carried to Elgin following his battle with Macbeth in 1040

·         Scone Moot Hill – where Macbeth was acclaimed (crowned)

·         The Quiraing, the Fairy Pools, the Old Man of Storr and Sligachan Glen – filming locations on Skye

Cameron Taylor from Moray Speyside Tourism and co-author of On the Trail of the Real Macbeth, King of Alba, served as an advisor on the guide.

VisitScotland’s new Macbeth pages, which can be viewed at www.visitscotland.com/macbeth, also includes blogs, articles and a movie trailer.

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said: “This new guide gives visitors to Scotland a fascinating insight into one of our most enduring figures. The map includes the amazing locations used in the new movie and, with 40 per cent of visitors to the UK inspired to come here after seeing a location on film or on television, this is terrific news for Skye.”

On 27 September, director Justin Kurzel, Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender, and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, who plays Lady Macbeth, will attend the UK premiere of the film at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh.

VisitScotland is working with STUDIOCANAL, the film’s distributors, on promoting the country on the back of the film’s release.

Macbeth will be in cinemas across the UK from 2 October.

To see Macbeth – The Man, Myth & Legend guide, go to www.visitscotland.com/macbeth

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