T.V. & Film in Scotland

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Scotland may have produced its fair share of top Hollywood names, but the country itself is a magnet for the silver screen too! The jaw-dropping scenery provides just the perfect backdrop for the camera with its rugged landscape and ethereal geological features which have everyone in awe on the other side of the screen. Admit it – including you! Film buff or not, follow the country’s movie trails and in the footsteps of your favorite characters, discovering sprawling beaches, ancient castles, rugged mountains, rolling hills, distinctive cities and picturesque towns and villages.

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Take a peek into the land that inspires the series that has captured readers and viewers alike. Follow in Jaime and Claire’s footsteps through their journey around Scotland. While not all sights and locations through their story are real, there are plenty of sights for you to visit to let you step on to the pages yourself. Check out some of their most famous stops below!

SUGGESTED BOOK LOCATIONS TO VISIT:

  • Inverness (where the fictional Mrs Baird’s B&B is set)
  • Loch Ness (where Claire and Frank enjoy a day trip)
  • Urquhart Castle (which Claire and Frank visit during a day trip), Historic Scotland
  • Fort William (where Jamie was held captive by Captain Randall)
  • Culloden battle field, National Trust for Scotland
  • Clan Fraser grave stone at Culloden
  • Loch Garve, near Strathpeffer
  • The village of Beauly and Beauly Priory – where Claire met the Fraser’s seer
  • Edinburgh

FICTIONAL OUTLANDER LOCATIONS TO VISIT:

  • “Craigh na Dun” stone circle; potentially inspired by the Clava Cairns
  • Cocknammon Rock
  • “Castle Leoch”; likely inspired by Castle Leod; this is said to be at the foot of Ben Aden, which exists (Knoydart), but far away from where Castle Leoch would logically be (by Inverness)
  • Cranesmuir, home of Geillie Duncan
  • St Ninian’s spring: there is a St. Ninian’s well near Stirling, however this is too far away from where the characters would have travelled at that point
  • Villages along the route to Fort William: Tunnaig (there is a Loch Tunnaig in Argyll), Brockton
  • Jamie’s home lands: Lallybroch – Broch Tuarach – Broch Mordha
  • Wentworth prison
  • Eldridge Hall is the fictional home of the MacRannoch clan
  • Benedictine Abbey of Ste Anne de Beaupre; Sainte Anne de Beaupre is a town in Canada
  • Black Jack;s grave at St Kilda Cemetery – marriage stone at St Kilda’s Kirk; a church exists on St. Kilda, but it is unlikely this is the actual location as the island is too remote
  • Edinburgh Carfax Close


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Macbeth, a Scottish duke, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland…Explore Scotland, the land of Macbeth, the titular character of Shakespeare’s most revered play, Macbeth, and also an 11th century Scottish king. Uncover the tale of the real King Macbeth, a fearless warrior and inspiring leader, find the historic sites and dramatic landscapes connected with him and discover film locations for Justin Kurzel’s mesmerizing film adaptation of Macbeth (2015), starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, including iconic locations on the stunning Isle of Skye.

SUGGESTED FILMING LOCATIONS TO VISIT:

  • Isle of Skye
  • Quiraing, Isle of Skye
  • Glen Brittle Forest & the Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
  • Sligachan Glen, Isle of Skye

 


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Aside from beautiful women and ingenious gadgets, stunning locations are a key ingredient in James Bond films and Sam Mendes’ Skyfall (2012) is the fourth film to feature Scotland’s jaw-dropping landscapes. Starring Daniel Craig as 007, Skyfall sees the secret agent returning to his Scottish roots, with the main part of the action taking place at Bond’s family home, Skyfall Lodge, which is located in awe-inspiring Glen Coe.

SUGGESTED JAMES BOND FILMING LOCATIONS TO VISIT:

  • Glencoe
  • Glen Etive
  • Loch Craignish
  • Duart Castle
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Glencoe Visitor Center

 


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A reckless disregard for historical accuracy didn’t prevent Mel Gibson’s two-dimensional tale of Scots hero William Wallace from snagging both Best Film and Best Director Oscars. The epic movie helped along by a solid cast, bloodily rousing battle scenes, James Horner’s swooningly romantic score and the awesome landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.

SUGGESTED BRAVEHEART FILMING LOCATIONS TO VISIT:

  • Glencoe, Fort William
  • Aonach Eagach, Highlands
  • Glen Nevis, Fort William
  • Loch Leven, Onich

 


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Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel, The Da Vinci Code

“When I decided to write The Da Vinci Code, I knew that its finale would have to take place at the most mysterious and magical chapel on earth — Rosslyn.” -Dan Brown

Rosslyn Chapel came to worldwide prominence through The Da Vinci Code, a novel written by Dan Brown, which was published in 2003. In the story, the main characters, Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu, investigate a murder in the Louvre and, in doing so, follow a set of clues to unravel a mystery, taking them to London and then to Rosslyn Chapel. It is estimated that 81 million copies of the book have been published, making it one of the most popular of all time.

In 2006, a film was made, based on the book. Most of the interior scenes of the Chapel were filmed here, and the main actors Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, were on site for a few days. The aerial view of the Chapel in the film was based on a model, created especially for the film, because the Chapel itself was under scaffolding at the time. In the film, the characters enter the Chapel by the west door and replica walls were created to keep the scaffolding out of view.

After filming, Tom Hanks said: ‘Few locations in film are so delightful and few destinations live up to their billing, but Rosslyn Chapel was all one could imagine or hope for.’

The Da Vinci Code has had a profound impact on visitor numbers at the Chapel which grew to over 176,000 at their peak, allowing the Trust to complete its major conservation project.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Every year Harry and his chums make their way to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland is the famous bridge and train line the Hogwarts Express travels along to get them there. The surrounding countryside makes for some wonderful hiking, and you can even take a ride on the “Jacobite” — the real steam train Potter traveled on. The bridge is 380 metres long and 31 metres high. Its construction was finished in 1898 and cost £18,904! Visit today.
 


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