Pennan, Scotland

JULY 2005 – View across the secluded village of Pennan in Scotland which became world famous when it was used as a backdrop for the 1983 hit movie Local Hero. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Pennan is a quaint fishing village perched on the very edge of the Scottish North Sea, a sleepy yet beautiful home to a few handfull of people. Yet, chances are high that you’ve seen Pennan already without ever having been there: in the 1983 hit movie Local Hero by Bill Forsyth.

For those of you, who haven’t seen it, here’s what the movie is all about: Mac MacIntyre, a tough purchasing manager for KNOX Corporation, a Texan oil company, is sent to Scotland to acquire the complete (!) village of Furness to build an oil harbour. At first, MacIntyre is not too impressed by the calm lifestyle in Northern Scotland, but his attitude changes step by step as he discovers the stunning nature and the friendly people.

The real village of Pennan has been used to film the fictious village of Furness, and it’s easy to see why: It is situated at the sea side, it is very small and isolated, and it has a pub, where the people of Furness/Pennan meet every night. The red phone booth in the middle of the village plays a key role in the movie, as it is MacIntyres only link to the corporate headquarters of KNOX! And he has to report about the progress every night.

This quiet, thoughtful but also hilariously funny movie is a hidden gem and unforgettable – even more so, if you’ve seen Pennan in real life.

So, if you are visiting the area, please plan for a side trip to Pennan – it’s worth it (just like the whole area)!

The high resolution image

Capture Date20-JUL-2005
LocationPennan, Scotland
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210mm f/4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3699 x 1591 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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