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Western Isles enjoy the “Brave” effect

The Callanish Stones on Lewis
The Callanish Stones on Lewis

The animated Disney movie Brave is providing a welcome tourism boost for the Western Isles.

Holiday charter flights from the US have been landing at Stornoway Airport over the summer as part of a series of visits to locations featured in the film.

A spokeswoman for Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) said: “There have been a number of charter flights from the States throughout the summer carrying tourists coming to see the sights associated with the movie.”

Ancient monoliths in the film, which is set in the Highlands, are based on the Callanish Stones, near the village of Callanish on the west coast of Lewis.

The monument was constructed between 2900 and 2600BC, and a tomb was later built into the site.

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “Adventures by Disney’s Scotland: A Brave Adventure has proved extremely popular among American visitors, with places on next summer’s tour already on sale.

“Indeed, the success of the Brave Adventure has inspired Disney to produce a tour of Norway on the back of Frozen.

“The Callanish Stones played a key role in the production of Brave, with Disney animators visiting the site and using them as the model for the magical stones visited by Merida.”

He added that Brave had helped to introduce the Western Isles to a new audience, encouraging more and more people of all ages to discover this unique and beautiful part of the world for themselves.

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