Scottish Movies and Television

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.

Our stunning scenic landscapes and awe-inspiring historic buildings and vibrant cities make us a magnet for filming. Productions such as Outlander, Trainspotting, Rob Roy and Disney's Brave have all elevated Scotland's status as a natural star on the big screen and the small screen too.

Much of this is thanks to the multi Oscar-winning film Braveheart, which showcased the history of the Scottish people, a fiercely Scottish story and the beautiful Scottish landscapes to the wider world on a massive scale. Written and directed by Mel Gibson, Braveheart evoked a wave of Scottish pride that was felt around the world thanks to the more than 50 million people globally who claim Scottish ancestry.

Since then, many iconic movies and TV shows have chosen to film in Scotland, recognising the unique settings and opportunities that only a Scottish experience can provide.

Famous productions shot in Scotland

1995 - Braveheart - The sweeping landscape in and around Glen Nevis and Loch Leven provided the backdrop for Mel Gibson's Oscar winner.

1996 - Trainspotting - This iconic film launched the international career of Ewan McGregor and was filmed in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Rannoch Moor.

2002 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the first of the Harry Potter movies to feature the stunning view of the Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Highlands. Discover more locations in this Harry Potter itinerary.

2006 - The Da Vinci Code - The beautiful Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin, Midlothian, played an important role in Dan Brown's award-winning novel and featured in the film adaptation, starring Tom Hanks.

2007 - Stardust - Shot in the Highlands and Isle of Skye, the otherwordly look of The Quiraing adds to the fantastical feel of the film.

2012 - Skyfall - Scenes from the James Bond film, featuring Daniel Craig in his third outing as 007 were shot in and around Glencoe, in the shadow of Buachaille Etive Mor. Discover more about Scottish locations in James Bond films.

2012 - The Dark Knight Rises - At the beginning of the film, the character Bane makes his midair escape above Loch Glass and Loch Bealach Culaidh in the Highlands. 
2012 - Brave This Oscar-winning animation was set in a fictional medieval Scotland, and the filmmakers took much of their inspiration from ral life locations. Find out more about how Scotland inspired Brave.

2013 - Under the Skin - This adaptation of Michel Faber's book of the same name starring Scarlett Johannson was filmed in areas around Glencoe, just south of Loch Ba, as well as the harbour and beach area at Auchmithie, near Arbroath.

2013 - World War Z - Brad Pitt starred in this blockbuster filmed in Glasgow's city centre which was transformed into the streets of Philidelphia for the zombie themed film.

2014 - Outlander - Much of this series was shot on location in Scotland, Outlander features Doune Castle near Stirling among many other stunning locations. Click here to find out more about the filming locations for Outlander.

2015- Macbeth - A new adaption of Shakespeare's tragedy, Michael Fassbender stars in the film which was shot on locations on Isle of Skye and in the Highlands. See more details about Macbeth locations.

2016 - The BFG - Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story reimagined with the landscapes of the Quiraing and the Storr on Trotternish Ridge, and the mountainous Cuillin, inspiring the fictional ‘Giants’ Land’. See more locations on Skye which have featured in the movies.

2018 - Avengers: Infinity War - Scenes from the latest instalment of Marvel's Avengers series were film in and around Scotland's capital, Edinburgh.

For more on Scotland's film locations, go to Visitscotland.com.

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