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Lets go to the movies...... Well the locations at least!

Posted on by Jo Page


When looking for amazing backdrops, jaw dropping mountains, rugged glens, the serenity of a still Loch or just unusual scenery steeped in history Scotland has it all. So there is no surprise that our varied landscape has been used for the filming of many a fantastic movie.

Although there are many that are not so well known or that you didn’t realise were filmed in Scotland. The most well known films such as Braveheart, trainspotting and Harry Potter are among the many block busters to have utilised the wonderfully atmospheric  Scottish scenery to capture the right shots, mood and emotion needed for such great classics.

Having these landscapes quite literally on our doorstep, there is no better reason to treat yourself to a Campervan road trip around the locations to immerse yourself into the world of your favourite movies!

Various well known Scottish land marks have been transformed into movie backdrops such as Eileen Donan Castle that has starred in Highlander and the James Bond movie, The World is not enough, The Glenfinnan Viaduct that has become most famous for the scenes in the Harry Potter movie, to name but a few.

Here you will find list of movies that have been filmed on location in Scotland, a little bit of information about where they were filmed and also a map with the locations on so that you can plan a trip based on your favourites.

Here is the good bit! We can arrange for you to have the DVD’s of your favourite films with you on your trip so you can visit the location, recognise the scenery and how it must have been shot and then watch the movie all in the comfort of your campervan whilst even staying close by!

Chariots of fire –1981 -  The Oscar winning film used the location of St Andrews, West Sands beach for the classic scenes.

Local Hero – 1983 – filmed at several locations including scenes at Camusdarach beach in Morar and Arisaig on the West coast. Most of the village scenes were filmed in Pennan on the Abderdeenshire coast.

Braveheart – 1985 – Although most of the scenes were filmed in Ireland, Glen Nevis, Loch Leven and Glencoe were all location for scenes of this iconic movie.

Trainspotting – 1996 – Although most of the film was almost entirely shot in Glasgow, the film was actually set in Edinburgh and some scenes filmed in London.

Entrapment 1999 – Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, Argyll was a location for filming for this movie starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Harry Potter 2002 -  Glenn Finnan viaduct was made famous by the Harry Potter movies, many visitors now flock to ride the steam train over the viaduct. The Quidditch matches were also filmed against the backdrop of Glen Nevis.

The Da Vinci Code – 2006 – Scenes filmed in the Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin, Midloathian.

Prometheus – 2012 – Skye was the location for this film, with the Old Man of Storr being chosen as a backdrop as well as the Cullins.

The Dark Knight Rises – 2012 – Most of the opening sequences were shot in real time over the skies of Aviemore and Inverness.  Including a stunt its claimed that has never been achieved before.

Skyfall – 2012 – The filming location for Daniel Craig and some scenes of Skyfall were located at Glen Etive, Glencoe.

Outlander 2014 – Filmed in many locations in Scotland, click http://www.visitscotland.com/about/arts-culture/outlander/film-locations for much more detailed information of the locations.

Frankenstein – 2015 – Scenes of the film were shot in and around Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. The film featured and award winning cast with James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliff in the lead roles.

Macbeth – 2015 – The rugged landscape of the Isle of Skye were used for the new adaptation of Macbeth.

There is an abundance of location knowledge on the website Scotland the movie, including specific locations for specific scenes, so if you want to get up close and personal to where something was shot, this is a great reference http://www.scotlandthemovie.com/movies/flocmap.html

Don’t forget, we would be delighted to help you plan a campervan trip, if you get in touch with your requirements we will be more than happy to help piece something together for you.

There are many more films that have not been mentioned but this is certainly a good start!

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