With its rugged coastline, vast glens and imposing mountain ranges, Scotland is a film maker’s dream; imagine historic battles re-enacted at the foot of Ben Nevis; sci-fi thrillers shot amongst the mountainous landscape; and romantic scenes set in front of a castle’s roaring fire. With a number of movie blockbusters and popular TV shows using Scotland as its backdrop the scenery here is instantly recognisable. Why not test your memory and see if you recognise our top ten film locations in Scotland.
The Wicker Man (1973)
A true cult classic, The Wicker Man saw the film crew using several locations in Dumfries and Galloway for their movie, including the iconic St. Ninian’s Cave. Fans of this film will recognise the cave from the scene where Howie finally tracks down the elusive Rowan.
Braveheart is the story of legendary Scottish hero, William Wallace, and his battle for freedom. Along with Mel Gibson’s terrible Scottish accent, the film is most memorable for the stunning scenery, like that around Loch Leven in Perth and Kinross.
Following the story of Mark Renton, Trainspotting is a film famed for launching the career of Ewan McGregor. With several film locations throughout Scotland, we’ve chosen to focus on Princes Street in Edinburgh; you catch a quick glimpse of the city in the film’s opening scene as Mark races through the centre.
This award winning action film features not one but two Hollywood legends; the beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones and the ever popular Sean Connery. Duart Castle masquerades as the home of Sean Connery as he puts Catherine through some intense burglar training.
Harry Potter (2002)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets sees our heroes Harry and Ron unable to access Platform 9 and ¾ so, in a race to reach Hogwarts in time for the new school year, they steal Mr Weasley’s flying car. Whilst following the Hogwarts Express, the duo ends up on the picturesque Glenfinnan Viaduct, famous for its many appearances in the Harry Potter franchise.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Ever taken a flight over the Scottish highlands? To see what you’re missing out on we suggest watching The Dark Knight Rises; you get a wonderful view of the Highlands from above as Bane and his crew make quick work of escaping one aircraft and getting into another mid-flight!
If Sci-fi, mystery and adventure are your thing then I’m sure you’re familiar with 2012’s award winning film, Prometheus. Not only used in the film, but also in the trailer is the Old Man of Storr and the gorgeous scenery from the Isle of Skye.
Making his third appearance as the legendary James Bond, Daniel Craig looks completely at home surrounded by the peaks at Buachaille Etive Mor in the award winning film, Skyfall. The impressive surroundings make the perfect backdrop for the final fight scene between Bond and the bad guys.
In 2012, Merida took her place amongst Disney royalty as the newest Disney princess. Yes, Brave is an animated film, but the San Francisco based creators travelled a long way to gather inspiration for their mystical stones. They made the lengthy journey to the Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis, and the resemblance between the two sets is uncanny.
The hit TV show Outlander has taken the country by storm and Americans just love it; but who could blame them with the devilishly handsome Sam Heughan taking the role of Jamie Fraser. The series is set entirely in Scotland and famous landmarks like Doune Castle play a pivotal part in production.
And there you have it, our top ten film locations in Scotland. Is your favourite Scottish set mentioned above or have we missed it? Let us know via our Facebook and Twitter page, we would love to hear from you.
As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.