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It’s not a stunning piece of Georgian architecture or a centuries-old fisher cottage that can lay claim to being Pennan’s most famous building. That title goes to a less conventional structure – a traditional red telephone box.
The payphone was granted listed building status and Pennan was catapulted into the spotlight after it was used as the backdrop to Bill Forsyth’s movie blockbuster, Local Hero. Everyone who comes to visit makes a call from the iconic phone box where oil executive Mac would connect to his Texas HQ, and drop his coins in when he heard the pips!
It’s possible to dine at The Pennan Inn which also featured in the film. However, fans may be a little confused about the interior as scenes in the bar were actually filmed at The Ship Inn along the coast at Banff.
Pennan is a rugged yet enduring village made up of a few dozen houses on a single street. As with most other villages on the Banffshire Coast, the collection of colourful houses are all built gable-end to the sea. While Pennan is nothing short of idyllic on a summer’s day, it is equally captivating during winter storms when waves crash onto the pebble beach.
There is an attractive little harbour and a beach which is an excellent spot for watching the wildlife. Pennan is a hot spot for dolphins and grey seals can often be found lounging on rocks to the east of the village.
Looking to be inspired to visit Pennan? Whisky Galore! was filmed on location in Pennan, and tells the true story of an incident that took place on the island of Eriskay when the SS Politician ran aground with a cargo including 28,000 cases of malt whisky.