In the movie, Ellangowan Hotel in Creetown, near Newton Stewart, was the fictional Green Man pub and had actress Britt Ekland as a barmaid. Plockton, Ayrshire and Skye also featured in the film starring Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee. The nine-bedroom hotel in Dumfries and Galloway has been put on the market for offers of about £200,000.
|Britt Ekland no longer pulls pints|
By an odd coincidence, the town of Newton Stewart was one of the places in Scotland where my family holidayed in the late Sixties. (I live in the North East of England, which makes Scotland easier to get to than London, say, and much more accessible than Wales or Cornwall.) Anyway, at Newton Stewart I spent a week in a guest house that was once visited by the young Edgar Allan Poe. So that small part of the Scots lowlands has quite a horror heritage.
|Flowerbank House - Poe slept (or was insomniac) here|