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- Scotland the Brave and Photogenic

Eilean Donan Castle © DAVID ILIFF via Wikimedia Commons

Scotland the Brave and Photogenic
Scotland has beaten Las Vegas and New Zealand in the running to become the number one cinema destination in the world.

Readers of American Newspaper USA Today and travel website 10best chose the country as the Best Cinematic Destination for the silver screen.

The Highlands played an important role in the decision, with familiar sights such as Eilean Donan castle swaying viewers' opinions.

The castle has appeared in a number of films, including cult science fiction movie Highlander, where it was the location for the home of the Clan MacLeod.The site was more recently used as the headquarters of MI6 in one of Pierce Brosnan's outings as James Bond in The World Is Not Enough.

Of course my favourite Scottish movie location is the Heriot's rugby ground at Goldenacre in Edinburgh where your truly spent an enjoyable day as an extra on the Oscar winning Chariots of Fire.

Note from Editor Scottie: I too was a movie star extra at the National Stadium at Hampden Park when international football star and former manager of Rangers Football club Ally McCoist starred in the comedy drama "A Shot at Glory". The film, directed by Robert Duvall and starring Michael Keaton, tells the story of tiny Kilnockie Football Club which wins through to the Cup Final against Rangers. The scenes in the final were shot in front of a large crowd of "extras" who got free entry to Hampden to see the "game" which ends with a penalty shoot-out (see graphic). The film was a flop in the UK although Ally MacCoist was widely praised for his acting.

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Tam O'Ranter

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