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Back in May 2012 I wrote a piece about a film being shot in the East Neuk of Fife, one of my favourite destinations in the central belt of Scotland. The wedding scene saved that day by a local woman was part of The Railway Man, which stars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, and is based on the best-selling novel. The film is centred on the memoirs of Edinburgh-born army officer Eric Lomax, who was held as a prisoner of war during World War II and forced to help build the Burma railway.

Now, the trailer has been released and the film is set to open in cinemas from 10 January.

Having just watched the trailer (see below), I cannot wait to see the many parts filmed around Scotland dazzle on the big screen. You may recognise the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct from the opening scene of the trailer, famous from the Harry Potter films. Did you know that you can actually board the magnificent Jacobite steam train in Fort William? Often considered as the ‘greatest railway journey in the world’, the 84 mile round trip through the dramatic Scottish Highlands will take you over this world-famous viaduct.

The second scene from the trailer sees the historic church in St Monans, Fife, built between 1362 and 1370 star as the venue for the wedding of Firth and Kidman’s characters – why not take a walk along the brilliant Fife Coastal Path and admire the church for yourself?

Other parts of Scotland seen throughout the film include Perth’s charming Victorian railway station, the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, the seaside town of North Berwick and Calton Hill in Edinburgh – one of my favourite spots for views across the city centre.

We can now add The Railway Man to the ever-growing list of films made in this beautiful country. From Braveheart and Trainspotting to The Da Vinci Code, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, World War Z, Sunshine on Leith and Disney•Pixar’s Brave – the list is endless! Why not come and explore the rugged mountains, rolling hills and ancient castles of Scotland for yourself and see where some of your favourite films were shot?

You can see The Railway Man at cinemas in the UK from 10 January 2014 and if you want to read more about films in Scotland, check out the film section of our blog.

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Jack Gorman

Jack is a Media Editor at VisitScotland. Originally from Fife, he is now based in Edinburgh and enjoys exploring Scotland, radio, sandwiches, Arrested Development and terrible dad jokes.

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  • Gilbert Summers

    Yeah, that’s fine – but this is a film about the brutality that characterised the Japanese nation and their treatment of others – effects that are still still felt even today in other nations. You make it sound like a bonny wee Scottish travelogue. You’re trivialising it.

    • Jack Gorman

      Thanks for your feedback. The purpose of this article was simply to illustrate the locations in Scotland which were used for filming – allowing visitors to go and see these places for themselves.

    • visitscotland

      Thanks for your feedback. The purpose of this article was simply to illustrate the locations in Scotland which were used for filming – allowing visitors to go and see these places for themselves.

    • nicky75

      The idea is to promote Scotland and how beautiful it is. Calm down

  • Janet Williamson

    It was me who provided the flowers, as you can imagine I am delighted to see my button holes will appear in the film.

  • Shirley

    Having just seen “The Railway Man” and discovered that many scenes were filmed in Australia, I am interested to know where the scene depicting the row of grey houses was filmed, presumably in Scotland?

    • Hi Shirley, thanks for your comment and sorry for the delay in getting back to you. If you’re referring to the street where Colin Firth’s character lives in the film, that was filmed in North Berwick in East Lothian.

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