Film and TV locations - Highlands of Scotland
The superb landscape and scenery around the Lochaber area in the Highlands of Scotland is a major attraction for film makers and TV directors. The stunning backdrops of rugged mountains, crystal clear rivers, glass surfaced lochs and green, tree lined glens can be seen in many film and TV programs.
At the time of compiling this web page, the stars and film crew of the latest James Bond film "Skyfall", are filming in Glen Coe, with Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench both present. Racing driver and stuntman Ben Collins – who outed himself as Top Gear’s “The Stig” in 2010 – was also spotted behind the wheel of a vintage Aston Martin on the set.
Below are listed some of the films and TV programs which have used the Scottish Highlands for filming.
Braveheart - this film which won 5 oscars is the story of William Wallace, Scotland's most well known hero, played by Mel Gibson. Many scenes were filmed in Glen Nevis, Glen Coe and Loch Leven. During filming in 1995 an area was built for the various associated vehicles and has been left for use as a car park. It is now known to locals as the "Braveheart Carpark".
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - for several weeks in 2003 filming took place adjacent to the Clachaig Inn in Glen Coe. Hagrid Hut was built overlooking the Torren Lochan.
Rob Roy - this blockbuster which starred Liam Neeson and Jessica Lang was also filmed in 1995 at locations such as Glen Nevis, Glen Coe, Loch Morar, Loch Leven, Rannoch Moor, Castle Tioram and Cia-Aig Falls near Loch Askaig.
Highlander(1986) was a run of three movie sequels plus a television series. Highlander has scenes shot at various locations in Scotland including Eilean Donan Castle, Glen Coe, Glen Nevis, Loch Shiel, Torridon and Skye. It stars Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, and Roxanne Hart. The storyline is based around Connor Macleod, played by Christopher Lambert. Born in the Highlands of Scotland in 1518, Connor Macleod is immortal. When he is wounded in battle but does not die, he is banished from his village. He meets another like himself, Ramirez, who teaches him swordsmanship--the only way to kill another immortal is to take his head--and the ways of the immortals. Modern-day New York is the location of "The Gathering," where Connor and the few remaining immortals must battle to the last for "The Prize."
Bonnie Prince Charlie is a 1948 British historical film depicting the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion and the role of Bonnie Prince Charlie within it. It was directed by Anthony Kimmins and starred David Niven, Jack Hawkins and Margaret Leighton. The main filing locations were Eilean Donan Castle, Glen Coe, Glenfinnan, Skye.
Kidnapped - The 1960 Walt Disney version of Kidnapped has scenes filmed at Seil Island, Glen Nevis, Glen Coe and other locations in Scotland. It was directed by Robert Stevenson and starred Peter Finch, James MacArthur, Bernard Lee, Peter O'Toole, Finlay Currie, Duncan Macrae, John Laurie, Andrew Cruickshank.
The Master of Ballantrae - based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and starring Errol Flynn, The Master of Ballantrae has scenes filmed at Eilean Donan Castle and Glen Coe and also has re-cycled footage from the movie Bonnie Prince Charlie made 5 years previously. Directed by William Keighley and starring Errol Flynn, Roger Livesey, Anthony Steel, Beatrice Campbell, Yvonne Furneaux, Felix Aylmer, Mervyn Johns.
The 39 Steps - all 3 versions of The 39 Steps have had filming done in Scotland but Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 movie of The 39 Steps, although mainly filmed in the studio, has scenes shot in Glen Coe and Rannoch Moor. This version starred Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Frank Cellier, Wylie Watson.
Monty Python and the
Holy Grail - despite telling the very English story of King Arthur and his Knights, Monty Python and the Holy Grail was almost entirely filmed in Scotland. The movie has scenes filmed at Glen Coe, Perthshire, Rannoch Moor and a variety of castles across Scotland. Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones and starred Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Neil Innes, Connie Booth, Carol Cleveland.
Restless Natives - two young Edinburgh lads become modern day highwaymen holding up tourist coaches in this fine comedy with a soundtrack by Big Country. Restless Natives has probably the higest scenery count of any movie filmed in Scotland. Directed by Michael Hoffman and starring Vincent Friell, Joe Mullaney, Ned Beatty, Teri Lally, Bernard Hill, Rachel Boyd, Iain McColl, Mel Smith, Robert Urquhart, Nanette Newman, Bryan Forbes.
Complicity was filmed in a variety of locations across Scotland. It was released in the USA as Retribution. Two scenes near the end of Complicity were filmed at Glen Coe. Starred Johnny Lee Miller, Brian Cox, Bill Paterson, Paul Higgins, Samuel West.
Being Human - a series of tales spanning six thousand years which follow the lives of five different men. Being Human has scenes filmed near Glencoe, Fort William and in Sutherland. Directed by Bill Forsyth and starring Robin Williams, Robert Carlyle, Anna Galiena, Ken Stott, Ewan McGregor.
For more information on these and other films go to the
Scotland: the Movie Location Guide website