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8 iconic film locations in Scotland

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From settings for well-loved TV shows to famous film locations, Scotland’s jaw-dropping landscapes dazzle on screen, but nothing beats the feeling of visiting a real-life filming location in person.

Immerse yourself in the worlds of James Bond, Harry Potter and many other well-known characters by visiting the Scottish film locations that their stories have played out in.

Only in Scotland can you visit:

1. Castle Leoch from Outlander

Doune Castle in Outlander, with Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) © Sony Pictures Television

Doune Castle in Outlander © Sony Pictures Television

Also known as Doune Castle near Stirling.

Located a few miles north of Stirling, Doune Castle is so popular it’s featured twice on this list. Explore the castle to see the great hall, where luxurious banquets would have been held, and the kitchens, where the opulent food would have been prepared.

2. The bridge that carries the Hogwarts Express to Hogwarts in Harry Potter

The Jacobite steam train passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct at the head of Loch Shiel, Lochaber, Highlands of Scotland

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Lochaber

Also known as the Glenfinnan Viaduct near Fort William.

One of the most famous film locations in Scotland, the Glenfinnan Viaduct is located west of Fort William and was completed in 1901. Enjoy a train ride over the viaduct – the Jacobite Express steam train runs in the summer months too – or stretch your legs on a short walk from Glenfinnan car park to the viaduct to savour unbeatable views.

3. The epic driving route from Skyfall

The driving route through Glen Etive near Glencoe

Glen Etive near Glencoe

Also known as the road through Glen Etive – pictured – and Glen Coe.

The driving route through Glen Coe is arguably the most famous in the country. The mountains surrounding both glens will take your breath away and there are lots of impressive places to stop for a photo.

4. The stunning chapel from The Da Vinci Code

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, near Edinburgh

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, near Edinburgh

Also known as Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh.

With more than 100 carvings and scenes depicted in stone, the exquisite masonry of Rosslyn Chapel has to be seen to be believed. Look out for angels playing bagpipes, people dancing with death and the famous apprentice pillar – the story goes that the apprentice mason who carved this exquisite pillar was killed shortly afterwards by his jealous boss.

5. The mountainous landscapes from Braveheart

Highland cattle graze in the water of Glen Nevis © JAC - Dollar Photo Club

Glen Nevis © JAC – Dollar Photo Club

Also known as Glen Nevis near Fort William.

Glen Nevis is a stunningly beautiful valley in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. There are plenty of walks you can enjoy in the glen, many of which start from the Braveheart car park, which was created as a parking spot for the film vehicles. It’s also part of the final section of the West Highland Way (a 95 mile walking route from Glasgow to Fort William).

6. The ancient stone circle that inspired the standing stones in Brave

The Calanais Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis

Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis

Also known as the Calanais Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis.

Dating from the Neolithic period, the ancient Calanais Standing Stones have stood for over 5,000 years and are older than the standing stones at Stonehenge. Explore the site to feel the majestic power of the stones.

7. The rugged landscapes of Macbeth

The Storr and the Old Man of Storr

The Storr and the Old Man of Storr

Also known as the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye.

The otherworldly landscapes of the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye are some of the most filmed and photographed parts of the country. Enjoy a hike up to the Old Man of Storr and soak up the panoramic views out towards the Scottish mainland and the Isle of Raasay.

8. The Castle of Guy de Lombard in Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Doune Castle © Heartland Arts - Dollar Photo Club

Doune Castle © Heartland Arts – Dollar Photo Club

Also known as Doune Castle near Stirling – again! You can even take the audio tour of the castle that is narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

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Hayley Orr

Hayley lives in West Lothian and loves exploring Scotland. Some of her favourite things include whisky, Shetland ponies and sunny days.

Comments

  • Bramstedter

    Sie haben Plockton vergessen, wo Szenen aus “The Wicker Man” spielen.

  • Verena

    Ich würde noch Castle Stalker bei Fort William ergänzen – bekannt als “Schloss von Aaaaaaargh” aus dem Film “Ritter der Kokosnuss”. Und auf jeden Fall noch Eilean Donan Castle aus “Highlander”.

  • Chris Lines

    how about the locations for Monarch of the Glen?

  • Scotland is a wonderful place full of deep history, fantastic scenery, and the warmest of local people. I try to visit as often as possible, and even the cold winter does not put be off.

  • Brenda Haros

    What about the Inveraray Castle in Duneagle shown in Downton Abbey? I fell in love with its gothic architecture when I saw it in the third season! I know it is a television series, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who has discovered this gem from the show! I’d love to visit Scotland one day!

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