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Map celebrates the sites of Sunset Song

VisitScotland release guide of Aberdeenshire film locations

Date : 13/11/2015

The Aberdeenshire locations featured in the big-screen adaptation of the classic tale by novelist Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, are being highlighted in a new movie map produced by VisitScotland.

The national tourism organisation has teamed up with Metrodome, the film’s distributors, to produce the map, which will be available in VisitScotland Information Centres throughout the region and available for download.

As well as highlighting the filming locations, which include Fettercairn, Glen Tanar Estate and Arbuthnott Church, the publication also points visitors in the direction of the Grassic Gibbon Centre in Arbuthnott and other locations with a connection to the novel.

Filming locations featured on the Sunset Song map include:

  • Glenmuick Estate, near Ballater – where the standing stones were created
  • Fettercairn – where characters Chris and Ewan meet amid a flock of sheep running through the village
  • Glen Tanar Estate, near Aboyne – where Chris studies at the old school house
  • Arbuthnott Church – where the family attend regular services along with villagers
  • Filming also took place at Invercauld Estate and Ballogie Estate.

Philip Smith, VisitScotland’s Regional Director for Aberdeen City & Shire, said:

“It is wonderful that the beauty of rural Aberdeenshire has been captured on film in Sunset Song. Our locations map will allow visitors to explore these amazing landscapes and also learn more about the region that inspired one of this country’s most enduring works of literature.

“Aberdeenshire’s stunning film locations are truly coming to the fore. Not only do they play a key role in our new publication Set in Scotland: A Film Fan’s Odyssey but, with upcoming titles such as Victor Frankenstein and Whisky Galore are also being filmed here, the region’s cinematic stock is continuing to rise, making it an even more popular destination among set-jetters.”

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Download The Sunset Song map from the VisitScotland website.