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Scotland – #1 Cinematic Destination in the world

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Scotland is the winner of the world’s BEST Cinematic Destination. Whoop whoop!

We’re not too surprised – are you?

We think that the country’s rolling hills, rugged mountains, picturesque towns and villages, castles and sprawling beaches are simply perfect for using as a setting for an amazing movie.

The Silver Sands of Morar, Highlands

Readers of American newspaper USA TODAY and travel website 10Best voted Scotland as the top destination for the silver screen. We would like to take this opportunity to say huge…

Eilean Donan Castle

…for your great support!

Scotland’s wonderful landscape has provided the backdrop to some of the most iconic films ever, from Mel Gibson’s Oscar-winning Braveheart to James Bond’s favourite Skyfall and the recent TV show hit Outlander. Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender, and Victor Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe also use Scottish locations.

Buachaille Etive Mor, Highlands

Scotland beat off some tough competition from a host of popular and exotic destinations such as Petra in Jordan (which was featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and New Zealand (best known for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies) into second and third place respectively.

The Glenfinnan Viaduct, Highlands Interested to know more?

Scotland has featured in a number of high-profile movies in recent years, including the Harry Potter series, where iconic 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct along the West Highland Line was used for shots of the Hogwarts Express (a train ride you can experience for yourself!), while Rosslyn Chapel, just outside Edinburgh, played a prominent role in the screen hit The Da Vinci Code. Other recent blockbuster titles include Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises and Brad Pitt’s World War Z to name just a few.

A film enthusiast or not, start planning your trip to Scotland now to follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters.

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