Scotland has a long inventory of films, both domestic and international, that were filmed amongst its beautiful landscape. Thousands of movie lovers make the journey every year to visit the film locations used in their favourite movies. A top tourist destination in Europe anyway, these sites are just one more reason to visit the undulating glens and dales of Caledonia.
Here then, 5 of our favourite film locations in Scotland:
Buachaille Etive Mòr, Highlands – Skyfall
One of Daniel Craig’s finer Bond performances – Skyfall, the plot involves a section of the movie in Scotland. As Craig chats with Judi Dench at the side of the A82, the man-made beauty of his Aston Martin DB5’s is overcast by Scotland’s most photographed mountain, known to the locals as the The Buachaille.
The Forth Road Bridge – The 39 Steps
One of Hitchcock’s early classics was primarily filmed in a studio in London, but he made the journey up north with his cast to catch some scenes which he couldn’t fabricate in the studio. As protagonist Richard Hannay’s train journey takes him over the Forth Road Bridge, which connects Dunfermline to Edinburgh over the River Forth. The bridge will offer you a stunning view over Scotland’s ‘Firth of Forth’ towns.
Rannoch Moor, Highlands – Trainspotting
The infamous “its s***e being Scottish” scene has ensured the iconic status of this beautiful landscape. Irvine Welsh’s classic novel, brought to the screen by Danny Boyle highlights Scotland’s impoverished communities, stung by social deprivation. However, in this particular scene, shot 3 hours north of Glasgow, Boyle offers a thought-provoking contrast to the despondent communities portrayed throughout.
Balblair distillery, Edderton, Ross-shire, Scotland – The Angels’ Share.
Social realist director Ken Loach depicts 5 offenders on their ‘community pay back’ court order, and their unlikely scheme to steal ‘the angels share’ from a multi-million pound cask of whiskey. The angels share being the unaccounted for portion of a whiskey barrel which is lost to evaporation.
Glen Nevis, Fort William, Highlands – Braveheart
Mel Gibson’s Hollywood blockbuster, is regarded to be a cinematic classic by many. It was shot in various locations across Ireland and Scotland. One of the more iconic locations, the UK’s highest peak, Glen Nevis is of course portrayed in the film. Another of Scotland’s treasures is one of the most popular places in the Highlands to visit. The film follows Scottish struggles with the ruling elite, while in Scotland, you would have to be mad not to visit a few of the castles featured in the film.
For those unable to travel, you be can be thankful that the Scottish highlands are also one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. Decorate your walls with some movie posters at Posterlounge and imagine you are part of the Hollywood of Holyrood.