Stunning mountains, rugged landscapes, gothic castles and unspoilt wilderness – it's no wonder the Scottish film industry attracts some of the world's leading filmmakers and television producers.
Few places are as photogenic as Scotland - home to the UK's highest mountains, deepest lochs, largest tracts of forest and, of course, buzzing cosmopolitan cities. It's a climate many creative minds find alluring.
Scotland's film industry has evolved dramatically over the last decade and now boasts a cinematic repertoire which attracts some of the biggest names in the business including productions featuring Brad Pitt, Tom Hardy, Scarlett Johansson and Daniel Craig.
From edge-of-your-seat thrillers and blockbuster action movies to rib-tickling comedies and boutique art house films, Scotland has been the setting for an eclectic range of productions. In short, we have a thriving film and television scene which continues to place Scotland centre stage when it comes to the silver screen.
Scotland enjoys an enviable wealth of easily accessible filming locations situated a short drive from each other. From a base in Edinburgh and Glasgow, producers can choose from gritty modern urban scenes, to centuries-old castles to rural untouched wilderness.
The abundance of quiet roads set in picturesque surroundings also make Scotland an attractive proposition to many car advertisers. And with the longest daylight hours in the UK (up to 18 hours) in the summer months, there's the golden opportunity of more shooting hours per day.
The settings for filming in Scotland are undeniably breathtakingly beautiful: from the haunting beauty of Rosslyn Chapel which featured in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code to the visually stunning Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Highlands which set the backdrop for the children's classic, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
As a result of the versatility and accessibility of its filming locations, Scotland has provided the setting for a number of high profile films over the last few years including Fast and Furious, Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises and Bond movie, Skyfall.
Scotland might seem like it's a world away from the bright lights of Hollywood, but we've got a whole host of connections to the world of film. Scotland's home-grown talent has been making a splash on the big screen for decades!
Not only have we produced a highlight reel of award-winning Scottish acting talent that shines on screen, but Scotland itself has also been the star of many film and TV productions.