Justin Kurzel’s spectacular adaptation of Shakespeare’s revered tragedy, Macbeth, hit cinemas on 2nd October and true to form, Scotland plays a starring role. Its dramatic, moody landscapes help bring this timeless classic to life on screen in a dark and powerful film that is already being hailed a success. If you enjoyed the film then here are the filming locations you won’t want to miss:
Quiraing, Isle of Skye
It is the Isle of Skye that takes on the protagonist role in this adaptation. Filmed in the depths of winter during its most wild and unforgiving hour, the shots of the island reflect perfectly the merciless nature of the play. The Quiraing, with its distinctive rock formations, is a spectacular sight. It is here that Macbeth returns from battle and is awarded the title, Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth also passes through on her journey back to Inverness.
Glen Brittle Forest & the Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
Another Isle of Skye location, it is here in the woodland, overlooking Cuillin Ridge, that Banquo is killed on Macbeth’s orders- a pivotal scene in the film. The crystal clear waters at the Fairy Pools are close by; their sparkling blue waters and waterfalls are mesmerising and well worth the visit.
Sligachan Glen, Isle of Skye
This extraordinary Skye landscape is where Lady Macduff and her children are murdered on Macbeth’s orders. Sligachan Glen is a magnificent spectacle to behold and though beautiful, its imposing, isolated position does offer a sense of foreboding befitting of the play and the events that take place here in the film.
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Just outside Scotland, the magnificent Bamburgh Castle lies on the rugged Northumberland coastline and appears in the film as Macbeth’s stronghold at Dunsinane. It is here that Macbeth is eventually defeated by Malcolm who takes his place as King. In real life, the castle is a fantastic tourist attraction with 14 rooms open to the public and over 2,000 artefacts to discover.