Sarah’s sweaters lure tourists

Up in the Faroe Is­lands, those icy-fin­gered knit­ters can barely keep up with the de­mand

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web­sites where you can buy (frankly unattrac­tive, but no doubt cosy) gar­ments just like hers. Up in the Faroe Is­lands, those icy-fin­gered knit­ters can barely keep up with the de­mand.

Such is the power of screens small and large. We want a piece of the ac­tion, as it were — to visit that town where, say, Bal­lykissan­gel or Mur­der, She Wrote was filmed. Take us, please, to the real Downton Abbey or the vast plains and colo­nial clubs of Out of Africa.

Aus­trian tourism au­thor­i­ties are pro­mot­ing the Vi­en­nese con­nec­tions of the An­thony Hop­kins and Jude Law hit 360, while we can ex­pect spruik­ing of wed­ding pack­ages at the former St Pa­trick’s sem­i­nary at Syd­ney’s Manly when it features as Jay’s Long Is­land man­sion in Baz Luhrmann’s up­com­ing The Great Gatsby. In Scot­land in late 2011, I vis­ited Plock­ton on the north­west coast, where my 1990s telly favourite Hamish Macbeth was filmed, star­ring Robert Car­lyle as the vil­lage cop­per at the fic­tional Lochdubh.

I strolled about Plock­ton in a rosy haze, iden­ti­fy­ing the pub, the po­lice sta­tion and other land­mark build­ings from the show.

His gor­geous white dog Wee Jock has been re­spon­si­ble for my en­dur­ing love af­fair with west high­land ter­ri­ers. It was just so lovely and fa­mil­iar.

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