As Scotland marks the 130th anniversary of the birth of the Scottish “pioneer of television” John Logie Baird, VisitScotland has launched a TV Set in Scotland guide aimed at set-jetting TV fans.
The 36-page book is available from 29 August 2018, free of charge, in attractions and VisitScotland iCentres throughout the country and for download at visitscotland.com. It delves into the animations, documentaries, dramas, sitcoms and soap operas which have been filmed in or inspired by Scotland over the past 80 years.
The latest figures show that spend on film and TV in Scotland in 2017 reached £95 million – the highest level since records began – and a £26 million increase on the previous year. There has been more than a 300% increase in spend over the past decade.
The list of television shows and locations featured in TV Set in Scotland is not exhaustive, but this fun and informative guide, which contains firm fan favourites alongside little-known gems, serves as a starting point for visitors wishing to explore the many on-screen locations and nearby attractions.
The impact of filmmaking in Scotland goes far beyond production spend. Scotland’s appearances on TV have the potential to reach huge global audiences and, with research finding that one in five visitors are inspired to visit after seeing it on-screen, the opportunities for the tourism industry are immense.