Scottish screen roles prove a hit with tourists
- 28 August 2007
People flocking to the site of their favourite film or TV programme are providing a huge boost to the UK economy. A report, compiled by various film and tourism agencies, claims the phenomenon is worth as much as £2.9 billion to the UK economy, with Harry Potter devotees bringing £9 million to Northumberland alone as they visit Alnwick Castle. The attraction, also known as the boy wizard’s boarding school Hogwarts, has reported a 120% rise in visitor numbers.
Also proving a big hit north of the border is Doune Castle in Stirlingshire, which featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and The Da Vinci Code’s Roslin Chapel. John Woodward, chief executive of the UK Film Council, said: “British films and television programmes play a powerful role in showcasing the UK to the rest of the world and boosting tourism.
There are countless examples of visitors flocking to locations they’ve seen in films or on TV and the effect can last for years. For instance, people are still visiting Corrour train station in the West Highlands, which featured in the film Trainspotting, some 11 years after the film’s release despite the station being the most remote in Britain.”