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Scotland tops USA Today film location poll

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Scotland has been voted the world's Best Cinematic Destination in an online poll run by one of America's biggest newspapers.

USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice awards picked Scotland ahead of Petra in Jordan and New Zealand.

Scotland has featured in a number of high-profile movies in recent years.

USA Today highlights the famous Harry Potter train ride at Glenfinnan Viaduct and Braveheart's sword at William Wallace's monument in Stirling.

The Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian, which played an important role in the Da Vinci Code, is also mentioned by the newspaper.

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VisitScotland, which has been urging film fans to vote for the Scotland in the online poll, said high-profile movies which had used Scottish locations in recent years included Skyfall, Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises and World War Z.

The upcoming films Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender, and Victor Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe also use Scottish locations.

Scotland is playing a starring role in the hit US television series Outlander, which is being shown in the UK on Amazon Prime.

The USA Today poll put Petra in Jordan, which is seen in the climactic scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in second place.

New Zealand, which features in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, was third.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: "This is a fantastic accolade for Scotland, which has beaten some of the world's most iconic film locations to take this award.

"Given our country's incredible and unique scenery, our range of spectacular buildings, as well as the warmth of our welcome, it is no wonder that it continues to attract some of the top film-makers from all over the world.

"Set-jetting, where people visit their favourite filming locations, is hugely popular and Scotland's victory in this USA Today poll is further testimony to this country's growing reputation as one of the world's greatest film sets."

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