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Brave: Disney•Pixar

Brave: Disney•Pixar

Scotland may have produced its fair share of top Hollywood names, but right now it’s the country itself which has everyone talking. And it’s easy to see why! Blessed with a breathtaking landscape, Scotland has always been a draw for film makers from far and wide, and this year is no different.

By 4 October, an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Filth, Sunshine on Leith – based on the music of The Proclaimers, and How I Live Now by the director of Last King of Scotland Kevin Macdonald, will be released in cinemas across the UK. To borrow an expression from across the pond – awesome!

Glasgow alone enjoyed a strong 2011, doubling for San Francisco and London in Cloud Atlas starring Halle Berry and Philadelphia in World War Z starring Brad Pitt, while Glencoe in the Highlands features in Under the Skin with Scarlett Johansson and last year’s OO7 blockbuster Skyfall. The mighty Cuillin Mountains on Isle of Skye provided the setting for the opening scenes of Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus, while the ‘more visually distinct’ Cairngorms beat out Arizona for the dramatic aircraft escape scene in The Dark Knight Rises.

The Cuillin Mountains, Isle of Skye

The Cuillin Mountains, Isle of Skye

We recently asked you on Twitter to name at least five films that were shot in Scotland and Trainspotting, Braveheart, Skyfall, The Da Vinci Code, the Harry Potter series as well as a few recent Hollywood blockbusters such as World War Z, The Dark Knight Rises and Fast & Furious 6 got frequent mentions.


Have a look at the below Scottish locations and, in comments below, name the films in which they starred (to give you an extra clue I’ve added the production years):

  1. Isle of Barra, the Outer Hebrides (1949)
  2. Forth & Clyde Canal and Union Canal, Loch Lomond, Trossachs & The Forth Valley (2003)
  3. Elie and Pittenweem in the East Neuk of Fife, the Kingdom of Fife (1997)
  4. Morar and Mallaig, the Highlands (1996)
  5. Duart Castle on Isle of Mull, Argyll & The Isles (1945, 1971, 1999)

If you don’t know, why not check out our film locations in Scotland page for helpful hints or check out the film section of our blog?

The Cairngorms National Park, Highlands

The Cairngorms National Park, Highlands

Duart Castle on Isle of Mull, Argyll & The Isles

Duart Castle on Isle of Mull, Argyll & The Isles


  • Richard Hamer

    For the full picture have a look at Scotland the Movie dot com

  • Benedicte Reiter

    1. Whiskey Galore
    2. Young Adam
    3. The Winter Guest
    4. Breaking The Waves
    5. I Know Where I’m Going, When Eight Bells Toll, Entrapment

    • Aldona Krzemien

      Hi Benedicte. Well done, you got all 5 right! Scotland truly is an awe-inspiring and photogenic backdrop for films. With the rugged mountains, rolling hills, sprawling beaches and picturesque towns and villages, it’s no wonder the country draws film makers from around the world!

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