Film Locations, Outlander, Victoria, The Queen
The landscapes of Scotland have been the backdrop to films for many, many years. Early Films like Local Hero and Chariots of Fire blazed the way for modern epics like the 007 Bond Film, Skyfall and the series Outlander. From the landscapes and castles of the Highlands to the epic country houses of the Scottish Borders, film locations extend across Scotland. A chance to search out a few of your own.
Film Locations with Stunning Landscapes and Views with the ‘Wow’ Factor
- Glen Etive and Glencoe - Breathtaking landscapes used to great effect in the 007 Bond film Skyfall (2012). The beautiful desolation of Glen Etive is accessed via a single track road.
- Portsoy - Coastal village used for the 2016 remake of the film Whisky Galore based on an actual shipwreck on the coast of the island of Eriskay. Original film (1949) was shot on the island of Barra.
- Eilean Donan - Scotland’s most iconic and photographed castle used as the location for the 1986 series The castle has been used in Bond’s The World is not Enough and several other films.
- Craig na Dun, Dunalistair - Site of the standing stones that introduce the story of Outlander (2014) when Claire is whisked back to 1700’s. Fantastic 360 degree views across Dunalistair Water and Loch Rannoch.
Some Instantly Recognisable Film Locations
- The Royal Burgh of Falkland - A picturesque village used extensively in the series Outlander (2014 onward wards). Location of Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse, Campbell’s Coffee House and the violin shop.
- Ardverikie House - A traditional Scottish Baronial House in stunning gardens above Loch Laggan used for Mrs Brown (1997), The Crown (2016) and Monarch of the Glen (2000 - 2005).
- Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct - Spectacular curved concrete railway viaduct that featured in the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Steam trains still pass over the viaduct on summer days.
- Drummond Castle Gardens - A spectacular formal garden that doubled as The Gardens of Versailles for the Outlander series (2014). The castle and gardens also featured in the film Rob Roy (1995)
- Doune Castle - The bleak castle used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) and as the home of Clan Fraser, Castle Leoch in the Outlander
- Rosslyn Abbey - The location used in the closing sequences of the Tom Hanks film The Da Vinci Code (2006). The abbey and the adjacent ruined Rosslin Castle both feature. A religious building like no other.
Film Locations at Historical Sites
- Blair Castle - One of Scotland’s best ‘lived in’ castles used extensively for the TV series Victoria (2017). The castle has been in the same family ownership, that of The Dukes of Athol, since 1314.
- Inverarary Castle - Doubled as, Duneagle Castle, the stately home of the Grantham family in the TV series Downton Abbey. Remains the family home of the Clan Chief of the Campbells.
- Glamis Castle - The childhood home of the late Queen Mother the castle and grounds were the location for the TV series The Crown (2016). The fairytale castle sits at the end of a straight 1 mile long driveway.
- The village of Culross - A preserved village used to double as Cranesmuir in the Outlander Sets included the Merket Cross, Claire’s herb garden and the nearby Black Kirk.
- Dunotter Castle - This formidable ruined fortress perched on the cliffs overlooking the North Sea was the location double for Elsinore where Mel Gibson played Hamlet (1990) in the film of the same name.
Some Sleepy Sporran Off Grid Locations
- Manderston House - Exquisite Edwardian Mansion, home of the Palmer Family that was used for the period drama, Belgravia. Unbelievable silver staircase and the best stables in the world. Wonderful place.
- Kylerhea and Seil - Various sites where Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna shot scenes for the wildlife classic film about the otter Mij in Ring of Bright Water (1969). Good place for spotting otters today.
- Duart Castle, Mull - Sean Connery starred in the film Entrapment with Catherine Zeta Jones where his secret Scottish hideaway was filmed at this castle in 1999.
- Pennan - The location for one of Scotland’s most noted films, Local Hero (1983). The seafront houses along the harbour and particularly the bright red telephone box are now recognised all over the world.
- The Sma Glen - The isolated location which doubled for the games field scenes in the film Chariots of Fire, characterising an amateur Scottish athlete Eric Liddell who won a medal in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games.