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Pennan

If you know your movies, then Pennan may look a little familiar to you. In 1983, parts of the film Local Hero.

The Bafta award winning film gave Pennan one of the best known red telephone boxes in the world, sitting on the quayside. It has attracted a steady stream of visitors ever since.

Pennan has a lot in common with Gardenstown and Crovie. It sits at the base of a north-facing cliff looking out to the Moray Firth.

Access to the village is down a narrow and very steep road that emerges onto the village's single street at a tight junction.

Like Gardenstown and Crovie, in the Summer Pennan is an idyllic place. However in the cold of winter, when the arctic gales howl straight into Pennan Bay from the north it feels an altogether different place.

At the east end of Pennan lies its harbour. These days it is still used by a couple of fishing vessels, but otherwise its life revolves around leisure craft.

Pennan was famous during the nineteenth century for the millstones that were quarried to the east of the village, and which were shipped out from the harbour, or simply rolled on their edge to more local destinations. When you are here you understand what a challenge rolling a millstone up the hill behind the village must have been.