Tourism Bosses In High Spirits Over Whisky Galore! Remake

5 May 2017, 06:52

Whisky Galore

The remake of Whisky Galore! will boost visitor numbers to some of the lesser-known parts of Scotland, tourism bosses hope.

Inspired by Sir Compton Mackenzie's 1947 novel and the true story of a shipwreck off the coast of Eriskay during the Second World War, the remake sees the islanders try to take advantage of the unexpected cargo of alcohol despite opposition from the local Home Guard captain.

While the original 1949 film was shot entirely in the Outer Hebrides, the remake, starring Eddie Izzard and Gregor Fisher, was filmed across Scotland.

Tourism body VisitScotland has now created a map of the filming locations, from the Aberdeenshire villages of Portsoy and Pennan; to St Abb's Head in the Borders; Loch Thom in Greenock; St Monans in the East Neuk of Fife; and the Central Bar in Renton, West Dunbartonshire.

Fisher, who plays postmaster Macroon, said: ''I've been in this business for 40 years and I can honestly say this was one of the nicest, if not the nicest, job I've ever had.

''There were no negatives about it. On a seven-and-a-half-week shoot in Portsoy, it rained for half a day max, and even then it was very light drizzle.

''Normally when you take over a town, which we more or less did at Portsoy, there's a bit of agro because you're closing roads and so on, but there was none of that.

''We were welcomed with open arms to the point that when I expressed an interest in buying some lobster, four lobsters were delivered to my door the next day, free of charge.

''I couldn't believe it. Half the community is in the film. It was a joy.''

Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: ''Scotland is widely recognised as an excellent location for film and TV productions.

''Whisky Galore! has been added to the growing list of films shot here. This map allows visitors from home and abroad to walk in the footsteps of the actors and actresses that appeared in the film, and they can also enjoy the spectacular scenery that Scotland has to offer.''

Jenni Steele, film and creative industries manager at VisitScotland, said: ''Since the novel by Compton Mackenzie was published back in 1947, Whisky Galore! has been raising laughs for 70 years.

''Celebrating not only this nation's love for the 'Water of Life' but also demonstrating the warmth, humour and spirit of our people, this new film shows off Scotland at its dazzling best.

''Our handy map will allow visitors to explore the Whisky Galore! locations and enjoy a set-jetting holiday around Scotland.''

The film is released in Scottish cinemas on Friday.