Screen industry brings £1 million boost for Argyll and Bute

Top Gear filming at Oban Airport. Image shows a car on the run way towing a man on his feet holding on to a line behind with sparks coming from his feet.

Accommodation providers, local shops, caterers and services are all benefitting from an increase in filming across Argyll and Bute. Large-scale productions from the BBC and Disney are helping the local economy and helping to promote the area and encourage film tourism.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Film service continues to work with production companies and Screen Scotland to attract inward investment across the area. From 2021 to 2023, 89 productions filmed in Argyll and Bute, with an estimated local production spend of £1.1 million. The sector continues to recover from the impact of the pandemic with a substantial rise in filming requests now starting to come in.

Productions include:

  • Top Gear at Oban Airport
  • BBC drama ‘Float’, filmed at the former Helensburgh Swimming Pool
  • Murder Island, a drama written by Iain Rankin – filmed on Gigha
  • Disney, Star Wars Andor, filmed in and around Cruachan Mountain
  • BBC Martin Compston’s Highland Fling, filmed in Dunoon, Loch Lomond, Strathlachlan and Strachur
  • Cbeebies, Ranger Hamza and the Ramblers, filmed in Oban, Connel and Mull

Councillor Liz McCabe, Policy Lead for Islands and Business Development:

“In Argyll and Bute, we are proud to be able to offer some of the world’s best scenic backdrops to the screen industry. Filming in the area not only brings a welcome economic boost to local businesses and services, it also provides opportunities to market the area and boost visitor numbers through increased film tourism.”

The Film in Argyll team works closely with services across the council and Screen Scotland, to help identify locations and facilitate productions.

For more information on filming in Argyll and Bute visit https://www.filminargyll.co.uk/

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