Little’s Leisure Tours : A Guide to Scotland’s Filming Locations

Scotland is rife with majestic castles, rugged mountain terrain and spectacular landmarks which have been the backdrop to many films. You are sure to question reality as you delve into Scotland’s iconic backdrop to the silver screen. Off the back of last month’s premier of “Trainspotting 2” in Edinburgh, we’ve compiled a list of TV & Film locations in Scotland which can be included in any of our bespoke leisure tours.

Films

TRAINSPOTTING

The opening scene of Danny Boyle’s sees Rent Boy (Ewan McGregor) and Spud (Ewan Bremner) run from the police on Princes Street. Arguably one of Edinburgh’s most famous streets, hosting the yearly world-famous Edinburgh street-party, Princes street is also a shopper’s paradise. With its adjacency to Princes Street Gardens, and its spectacular view of the majestic Edinburgh Castle, this iconic street is a must-see – especially due to its proximity to many top George Street Hotels such as The Principle Edinburgh, The Sheraton, The Balmoral, Hotel Du Vin and The Glasshouse.

OUTLANDER

The Outlander series is a British-American television drama series based on novels by Diana Gabaldon and is filmed in multiple areas of Scotland. Callendar House, which is nestled within the iconic landscape of Callendar Park, is the backdrop to several scenes in the series. Famously, the climatic final scene of episode 2 of Outlander is filmed in the kitchen here which is available to visit for those taking a tour.

If looking for other “Outlander” filming locations, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit The Royal Burgh of Culross in Dunfermline. In the series, it is named the Royal Burgh of Cransemuir and is home to Claire’s friend Geillis Duncan. Visiting this exquisite honeycomb building in the burgh will make the Outlander experience almost tangible.

Just over half an hour away from Culross, is Doune Castle which is  Castle Leoch  in the series. This 14th century castle located in Perthshire was originally built for Regent Albany,  however  nowadays the castle is famous for its use in Outlander as well as other famous series such as Game of Thrones.

ONE DAY

This film, which sees Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturges meet on the night of their graduation from The University of Edinburgh, is filmed in multiple locations throughout the city. Not only will it feel special to walk in the footsteps of a couple of the world’s most famous actors, but when visiting filming locations, one gets to experience some of Edinburgh’s most iconic places: Moray Place, Parliament Square, The Royal Mile, and Arthur’s Seat.

 THE HIGHLANDER

The Highlander movie was filmed across Scotland in locations such as: Skye, Torridon, Loch Shiel, Glen Nevis, Glencoe, The Silver Sands Of Morar and Eilean Donan Castle. From the conical peak of Buchaille Etive Beag in Glencoe, which hosted the battle of warring Scottish tribes for the film, to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, the exploration of these sites is sure to give you a feel for the rugged Scottish scenery which the movie portrays. This castle is also the backdrop to films like Skyfall and Braveheart.

HARRY POTTER

Harry Potter express may depart from platform 9 ¾ in London but, on its way to Hogwarts, it crosses between Fort William and Mallaig. Seeing the Jacobite steam train cross over the Glenfinnan Viaduct is sure to be a spectacle for all muggles alike.

For more recommendations for a tour tailored to your own specific film interests, contact Little’s where you can speak with our tour designers who can design you an extended private-guided film tour of Scotland.  We can organise and provide private chauffeur-driven executive  saloons, luxury saloons and MPVs. For larger groups, we can organise executive coaches of all sizes providing you with a single point of contact for all ground transport. For more information, or to book your chauffeur driven transport, contact our office on 0141 883 2111 or email reservations@littles.co.uk