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The Big Yin tops Christmas poll
Billy Connolly
Visitors would most like to spend Christmas with Billy Connolly
Comedian Billy Connolly is the favourite Scots celebrity with tourists, according to a new poll.

The Big Yin was voted the Scots celebrity that visitors would most like to spend Christmas with.

Movie star Ewan McGregor was in second place followed by Hollywood legend Sir Sean Connery.

The most popular female celebrity in the new survey by VisitScotland was Strictly Come Dancing star and TV presenter Carol Smillie.

Other popular choices included John Hannah, Dougray Scott, Daniella Nardini and KT Tunstall.

The Big Yin came out on top with 30% of the votes in a VisitScotland poll asking potential visitors which Scot they dreamed of spending a white Christmas with.

Not surprised

Suzanne Casey, a VisitScotland manager, said: "Billy Connolly is a great ambassador for Scotland.

"We are well known for our sense of humour and our friendly people, so I am not surprised that he has come out on top in our poll."

The poll was part of a campaign promoting "white" things to do in Scotland this winter, from white wine at a rural hotel to attending the Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

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