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Uncover Scotland’s Top Filming Locations with Highland Experience Tours

Lights, Camera, Scotland!

Scotland’s breath-taking landscapes have set the stage for some of the most iconic films and TV series. With Highland Experience Tours, you can step into the cinematic world and explore the very locations that have captured the hearts of audiences worldwide.

Discover Iconic Filming Spots

Join us on a journey to the stunning filming locations featured in popular movies and TV shows:

  • Outlander: Step into the world of Outlander as we visit the picturesque settings of this beloved series, including Doune Castle and Highland Folk Museum.
  • Harry Potter: Experience the magic of Harry Potter as we take you to the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, and the majestic Glencoe.
  • Braveheart: Visit the historic sites where the epic Braveheart was filmed, including the awe-inspiring Glencoe and Glen Nevis.

Chariots of Fire – West Sands Beach (St Andrews):

The filming location of West Sands Beach in St Andrews holds a significant place in cinematic history as the setting for the iconic opening scene of the award-winning film “Chariots of Fire.” This picturesque beach, situated adjacent to the renowned Old Course, provides the backdrop for the memorable slow-motion run featuring the film’s athletes. The visually stunning coastline, with its expansive stretch of golden sand and captivating sea views, sets the stage for one of the most famous moments in movie history. The combination of the athletes’ barefoot run and Vangelis’ evocative score against the backdrop of St Andrews’ natural beauty has etched West Sands Beach into the hearts of film enthusiasts and visitors alike, cementing its status as a cherished and enduring cinematic location.

Highlander – Eilean Donan Castle:

Eilean Donan Castle in Dornie served as the castle and village of Glenfinnan in the 1986 film “Highlander.” The picturesque castle also made an appearance in “The World is Not Enough” (1999) and “Made of Honour” (2008). Visitors can explore the castle’s role during the Jacobite risings, view historic artefacts, and even spot wildlife from the castle walls. The castle’s captivating setting and rich history make it a must-visit location for fans of these films.

Skyfall – Glen Coe:

Glen Coe, with its rugged peaks, played a prominent role in the 2012 James Bond film “Skyfall.” The striking Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Coe provided the stunning backdrop for the secret agent’s Scottish home, Skyfall Lodge. The breathtaking Scottish setting added depth to the film’s captivating narrative, making it a memorable location for fans of the James Bond franchise.

Game of Thrones – Doune:

Doune Castle in Perthshire has had its fair share of stardom in both movies and TV shows. It was the set for multiple locations in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975) and served as the fictional Castle Leoch in “Outlander” (2014). Additionally, the castle was Winterfell in the pilot episode of “Game of Thrones” (2011). Visitors to Doune Castle can immerse themselves in the rich cinematic history and explore the castle’s on-screen legacy, making it a captivating destination for fans of these acclaimed productions.

Outlaw King:

The filming locations for the movie “Outlaw King” are diverse and include various historically significant and picturesque sites across Scotland. Some of the notable locations used for filming include:

  1. Linlithgow Palace & St Michael’s Parish Church: Linlithgow Palace and St Michael’s Parish Church served as filming locations for scenes related to Robert the Bruce and Elizabeth de Burgh’s wedding and the funeral for Robert’s father. These historical sites, rich in architectural and cultural significance, provided an authentic backdrop for key moments in the film.
  2. Borthwick Castle: Borthwick Castle, located in North Middleton, was used as a filming location for scenes depicting dramatic events, including the burning of the castle. The castle’s imposing structure and historical significance contributed to the visual authenticity of the film.
  3. Doune Castle: Doune Castle, known for its role in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” was utilized as a filming location for scenes involving the burning of the castle by the Lord of Douglas. The castle’s historical charm and medieval architecture added depth to the film’s portrayal of significant events.
  4. Craigmillar Castle: Craigmillar Castle, often referred to as Edinburgh’s “other castle,” was featured in the film as a stand-in for Bruce’s castle and village, as well as for Kildrummy Castle. The castle’s picturesque surroundings and historical relevance enhanced the film’s portrayal of key settings.
  5. Dunfermline Abbey: Scenes related to a significant historical event, such as the message delivery, were filmed at Dunfermline Abbey, specifically in The Nave, the oldest part of the Abbey. The abbey’s distinctive architecture and historical significance provided an authentic setting for pivotal scenes in the film.
  6. Glasgow Cathedral: The University of Glasgow Cloisters, part of Glasgow Cathedral, served as a filming location for scenes requiring a medieval banquet hall, adding an authentic historical ambiance to the film.
  7. Muiravonside Country Park and Mugdock Country Park: These natural settings were utilized as filming locations for specific scenes, including the depiction of the Battle of Loudoun Hill. The parks’ scenic beauty and expansive landscapes contributed to the visual grandeur of the film.
  8. Aviemore and Isle of Skye (Talisker Bay, Coral Beaches, and Loch Dunvegan): Various stunning locations on the Isle of Skye, including Talisker Bay, Coral Beaches, and Loch Dunvegan, provided captivating backdrops for scenes pivotal to the film’s narrative.

These diverse filming locations, ranging from historical castles and churches to picturesque natural landscapes, played a crucial role in bringing the story of Robert the Bruce and the Scottish Wars of Independence to life in the movie “Outlaw King.”

Experience Scotland’s Rich Film Heritage

Immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes and rich history of Scotland as we delve into the film locations that have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide. Our award-winning local guides will bring these locations to life with their wealth of knowledge and passion for storytelling.

Book Your Cinematic Adventure Today!

Embark on a cinematic journey through Scotland’s most picturesque locations with Highland Experience Tours. Let us transport you to the enchanting world of film while experiencing the warmth of Highland hospitality. Book your tour today and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Lights, camera, action – your Scottish adventure awaits!

Contact us at 0131 226 1414 or email info@highlandexperience.com to book your tour and embark on an unforgettable cinematic adventure with Highland Experience.

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