Council to charge for filming rights

The village of Portsoy provided the filming location for the Hollywood remake of Compton McKenzies book, Whisky Galore.
The village of Portsoy provided the filming location for the Hollywood remake of Compton McKenzies book, Whisky Galore.

Aberdeenshire Council is hoping to tap into the lucrative movie business by charging a fee for filming at its harbours.

It has now agreed to introduce a £300 per day charge at all seven of its harbours for location and facility usage.

A number of films and adverts have been filmed across the authority’s harbours over the years, but it had no method of charging for the privilege.

All harbour advisory committees are in agreement with the recommendation which has been rubber-stamped by the authority’s Infrastructure Services Committee.

Councillor Mark Findlater, who himself appeared as an extra in the recent remake of Whisky Galore, welcomed the initiative.

He said the area boasted a “huge number of beautiful harbours” under the council’s control which were sure to attract continued interest among filmmakers and said it was a positive move to generate income.

Portsoy was the principal film location for Gillies MacKinnon’s 2016 remake of Whisky Galore, while Stonemouth was shot at Macduff in 2014 and Buckie featured in an episode of 1987 cult hit Tutti Frutti.

Meanwhile, harbour users are to face a 3.5 % increase in rates and dues for the coming financial year.

The cost of inflation rise will see the likes of a six-month fee for a 7m traditional berth at Stonehaven with no water supply increasing by £5.14 from £146.76 to £151.90

A 12-month fee for an 8m serviced pontoon berth in Banff Harbour Marina increases by £42.35 from £1209.96 to £1,252.35.

Meanwhile, the weekly rate for a typical commercial fishing vessel (17-22m length overall) laid up at Macduff Harbour will see an increase of £3.38 from £96.71 to £100.09.