6 iconic Scottish landscapes loved by the movie industry

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Some landscapes and scenes in Scotland have become synonymous with Hollywood film making. Some because of their distinctive eye-candy appeal. And a few whose breath-taking grandeur have found them appearing time and again in movies all around the world.


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Glencoe alone has been used so many times in movie making, including:

  • Being Human
  • Braveheart
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • Complicity
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Highlander 1 and 3
  • Kidnapped
  • Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Bollywood)
  • Made of Honour
  • Master of Ballantrae
  • Massacre of Glencoe
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Quest for Fire
  • Restless Natives
  • Rob Roy
  • Sawney Bean
  • Skyfall
  • The 39 Steps
  • Under the Skin


Visitor numbers to the The Old Man of Storr, an iconic rock formation on Skye, have soared in recent years, thanks to its use in several high profile films, including Roald Dahl’s The BFG, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and the 2015 remake of Macbeth.

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Scottish Hollywood - Discover Glencoe

For almost 70 years Glencoe has attracted film makers keen to incorporate the grandeur of the local scenery into their film making endeavours. It's not just the unspoilt nature of the land they are after, but the wonderful light, especially in the early morning or late evening, which is an added incentive.

Glenfinnan Viaduct - Wikipedia

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Castle Leoch | Doune Castle

Castle Leoch Location information Type Residential Established before 1690 Residents Colum MacKenzie Letitia MacKenzie Hamish MacKenzie Claire Fraser (formerly) Jamie Fraser (formerly) County Ross-shire Country Scotland Castle Leoch is the fictional seat of Clan MacKenzie, located in the northern Scottish Highlands.