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5 Film Locations you can visit in Scotland

VisitScotlandAngelaVisitScotlandAngela Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff

Move over Hollywood…Scotland has it all!  Whether you’re into action packed superhero movies or whether you love a good old gritty drama, Scotland is no stranger to the big screen.  With dramatic mountain scenery, untamed coastlines and abundance of stunning ancient buildings, Scotland has featured in loads of epic movies and TV series.  So grab your popcorn and check out these 5 film locations that you can visit in Scotland:

St. Abbs, Berwickshire

Ebbcarrs Cafe in St. Abbs © VisitScotland/Kenny Lam

The picturesque village of St. Abbs nestles on the rugged Bewickshire coastline just north of Eyemouth.  With cute fishing cottages and a stunning harbour, the village has officially been twinned with ‘New Asgard’ which Avengers fans might recognise as Thors home in the Avengers Endgame (2019) movie.  How cool is that?!


The River Clyde © VisitScotland/Stuart Brunton

Known for its vibrant night life and beautiful green parks, Glasgow is the perfect place to indulge in classic Scottish culture.  With stunning Victorian architecture and spectacular monuments at every turn, the city is a favourite filming location for Hollywood blockbusters as well as plenty of popular TV series and a must-see location for movie buffs.  The stunning Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis doubled as Gotham in the filming of The Batman (still to be released), and the WW1 epic 1917 (2019) was filmed at Govan Dockyards on the River Clyde, and that’s just to mention just a few movies that have been filmed here.  BBC drama The Nest also heavily featured Glasgow, what a city!


 The Arch under South Bridge at Bannerman's Bar in Cowgate © VisitScotland/Kenny Lam

A perfect blend of old and new, Scotland’s capital city is a recognised World UNESCO site and it’s absolutely stunning!  Take a stroll through Edinburgh’s old town which is bursting with character and charm and you might recognise the area from scenes in Avengers: Infinity Wars (2018), Fast and Furious 9 (2021) and not to mention the epic scene from Trainspotting (1996) where Renton runs along the historic cobbled streets under South Bridge.  

The Cairngorms National Park 

Balmoral Castle and Gardens © VisitScotland/North East 500/Damian Shields

The majesty of The Cairngorms National Park is not to be underestimated! Royal Deeside lies at the heart of the National Park and is a favourite holiday destination of the Royal Family, so it’s no surprise that the area starred in hit Netflix series Th Crown.   Ardverikie House, near Newtonmore, has doubled as Balmoral Castle however it’s not the first time it’s been on TV.  Fans of BBC series Monarch of the Glen might also recognise it as ‘Glenbogle’.  It’s also featured in hit films Mrs Brown (1997) and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011).  007, James Bond, has also paid the area visit recently whilst filming No Time To Die (still to be released).  How’s that for a claim to fame?!


Stirling Castle © VisitScotland/Kenny Lam

We can’t let this list pass without mentioning Outlander! I mean, who doesn’t love Jamie and Claire? Well when Sam Heughan was filming in the area he fell in love with it, so much so he returned with his friend and fellow Outlander star Graham McTavish to film an epic road trip called Men in Kilts.  Although they travelled all over Scotland, they spent time at Doune Castle, just west of Stirling, which you might also recognise from season 1 of Game of Thrones and Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975).  The City of Stirling is also a favourite filming location with the ancient cobbled streets bursting with character.  The area is jam-packed with history and Stirling Castle and the surrounding old town was featured in Outlaw King (2018) and Mary Queen of Scots (2018), staring Margot Robbie and Soirise Ronan.

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