Highlands & Islands

Tourism hopes over BBC Hebrides series - Islands on the Edge

At the Corryvreckan whirlpool - filming for Hebrides - Life on the Edge
Image caption Filming for Hebrides - Islands on the Edge - at the Corryvreckan whirlpool

A new documentary on Hebridean landscapes and wildlife narrated by Scottish actor Ewan McGregor could boost tourism, VisitScotland has said.

The four-part series, filmed by Nigel Pope, paints a portrait of a year in the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

VisitScotland said it hoped the film would help boost tourism in the region.

It follows in the footsteps of other programmes which have helped to boost tourism in the region.

Image caption The series has been narrated by Ewan McGregor

Island Parish, which was set on Barra, saw the local VisitScotland Information Centre's footfall rise by 10%.

Children's programme Balamory, which was set in Tobermory on Mull, saw Calmac's passenger figures go up by as much 15.5% during the peak of its popularity.

Mike Cantlay, VisitScotland chairman, said it offered a "golden chance to promote the Year of Natural Scotland".

He said: "This documentary will continue to promote Scotland's landscapes, its wildlife and people in a magical light.

"Our research shows that one in five visitors are influenced by seeing depictions of Scotland on film or television, so magnificent exposure such as this can only be a great thing."

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