The Berwickshire coast could be set for a massive tourism boost from the new Hollywood blockbuster Avengers movie and the Outlaw King.
With the third instalment of the Avengers having filmed at St Abbs in the summer and the Outlaw King – about Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Scottish Independence – on location just across the Border in Berwick-upon-Tweed last week, places such as nearby Eyemouth are in prime position to take advantage of an influx of star-struck tourists.
Avengers: Infinity War is due out next year and is expected to be as popular as the first two films in the series which are among the biggest draws ever seen at the worldwide box office.
The first one is the fifth-most-popular film ever and the second is the seventh most popular. If this one has the same sort of box office appeal, the sheer number of people who are going to see the Berwickshire coast is going to be phenomenal. People are going to want to find out where it was filmed and see it for themselves. Several companies in Scotland do film tours, so that will help people find their way there. Berwickshire businesses are in an ideal position to tap into that market.
~ Rosie Ellison, Film Edinburgh
The dramatic effect on tourist numbers of movies and TV series filmed in Scotland can already be seen from Outlander. Locations such as Doune Castle have had a 90 per cent increase in visitors since it was first screened.
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