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  • View of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh
    Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh (image by Kenny Lam)
  • Looking up Victoria Street in Edinburgh
    Victoria Street, Edinburgh (image by Kenny Lam)
  • Looking up the hill at Edinburgh Castle
    Edinburgh Castle
  • Rosslyn Chapel
    Rosslyn Chapel
  • View from the foot of the Scott Monument
    Scott Monument, Princes Street, Edinburgh (image by Kenny Lam)

Explore Edinburgh’s filming locations and visit the historic wynds, beautiful avenues and distinctive green spaces that have played a starring role in some of the biggest blockbusters.

From period dramas to romantic comedies and from musicals to thrillers, the city’s stunning skyline, world-famous streets and rich heritage have been a source of inspiration to hundreds of filmmakers. Visit the filming locations for some of your favourite movies, including One Day, Cloud Atlas, Sunshine on Leith and Trainspotting, and re-live your favourite movie moments.

Roam the atmospheric cobbled streets of the Old Town or the beautiful Georgian avenues of the New Town, and walk in the footsteps of some world-famous actors and actresses, including James McAvoy, Ewan McGregor and Anne Hathaway.

You’ll encounter some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks, from the medieval fortress of Edinburgh Castle, at the top of the bustling Royal Mile, to the towering Scott Monument, which played a starring role in Cloud Atlas and stands majestically on Princes Street. Treat yourself to a dram of whisky at the Angels’ Share’s Caledonian Hotel and walk in the footsteps of Dex and Emma from One Day with a brisk walk up Arthur’s Seat, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Soak up the atmosphere of some of Edinburgh’s most atmospheric and picturesque places by using the handy Edinburgh Film Map to explore 32 of the city’s filming locations. As well as exploring on foot, the map also includes details on how to get around using public transport and is supported by Transport Edinburgh – making it easy for you to take a bus, tram or bus tour to explore the city and your favourite movie moments.