This year, Scotland has hosted Columbia Pictures' romantic comedy Made Of Honor, which shot in the Highlands, including at Fort William, Glencoe and the Isle of Skye.

The landscape to the north boasts mountains, lochs, moorland and one of the longest coastlines in Europe at 6,000 miles with 790 islands along the shoreline.

'We tend to be asked about locations for second-unit stuff,' explains Belle Doyle, locations department manager for Scottish Screen.

'People come to us when they're looking for period locations and unspoilt landscapes. We can also do London easier than London, with our cities, especially Glasgow, providing a lower-cost stand-in for the capital.'

Crews and facilities house Film City Glasgow are also first-class, she adds, and 'you could be in the Highlands within two hours from London'.

Furthermore, Scottish Screen also administers a production fund, which awarded $615,000 (£300,000) to Neil Marshall's horror Doomsday and $1m (£500,000) to Charles Martin Smith's period drama Stone Of Destiny, starring Robert Carlyle.

Key agency: Scottish Screen

Contact: Belle Doyle,, 0845 300 7300