8 Incredible Scottish Movie Locations

A cinematic road trip across the West Highlands

A whistlestop Scottish movie locations road trip 

Buckle up, folks! We thought we would share a road trip so scenic, you’ll swear you’ve entered a postcard!  Not only will this road trip treat you to some of the most incredible scenery in the Highlands, but you’ll also get to geek-out over some legendary movie locations.  So, without further ado, we’ve put together a road trip that can be done in one day (if you don’t mind driving for nine hours!), but we recommend splitting it up into bite sized chunks and exploring each of the areas individually.

Glencoe & Glen Etive – “The name’s Bond”

Where better place to start our movie marathon than right here in glorious Glencoe; a glen that is so dramatic, it practically has its own agent!  If you’ve watched Mary Queen of Scots (2018), Outlaw King (2018), Highlander (1986), Rob Roy (1995) or any of the Harry Potter movies, you will recognise the familiar Glencoe landscape as you drive along the glen on your way to Glen Etive (20-minutes from Woodlands Glencoe Luxury Lodges).  Once you’ve turned off the A82 you’ll be transported into Bond territory!  Remember that emotional drive Bond took in Skyfall? Here you can recreate it, but with fewer assassins and more sheep!

We recommend stopping at the viewpoint and practicing your very best Daniel Craig pout while shouting, “The name’s Bond, James Bond”.

The Skyfall Movie on location in Glen Etive
Glen Etive featured in James Bond - Skyfall
Some parts of the Harry Potter movies were filmed in Glenfinnan.
The incredible Harry Potter bridge (Glenfinnan Viaduct)

Glen Nevis – “Freeeeeeeedom”!!

Now that you’ve perfected your very best James Bond impersonation, it’s time to take the 45-minute drive from Glen Etive to Glen Nevis, where you’ll find the location Braveheart (1995) was filmed. As you drive along this incredibly pretty glen, you’ll instantly recognise Braveheart territory and you might even spot the location the temporary village-set was erected. It’s a quiet spot with few people around, so it’s perfect for yelling “FREEEEEEDOM!” at the top of your lungs.

Glenfinnan – “Yer a wizard, Harry”

From Glen Nevis, you can drive a further 30-minutes along the A830 on a magical trip to Glenfinnan Viaduct. That’s right, the actual Harry Potter bridge! A word of warning.  The Jacobite Steam Train (or Hogwarts Express!) chugs over the Glenfinnan Viaduct four times each day from March – October and during these times, Glenfinnan gets beyond busy, so please do bear this in mind and arrive early enough to get a parking space.

Camusdarach Beach – “Keep watching the sky, MacIntyre”

After the crowds at Glenfinnan, a trip to a bone-white and incredibly beautiful beach will be exactly what you need.  Carry on along the A830 for a further 40-minutes and turn off at the pretty village of Arisaig before taking the alternative coastal route to Mallaig.  Along here you’ll find the beach where cult classic Local Hero (1983) was filmed.

Isle of Skye – “Don’t keep the Wickerman waiting”

From Camusdarach Beach, you can drive along to the fishing village of Mallaig where you can hop onboard the car ferry to the Isle of Skye.  The crossing takes just 30-minutes before dropping anchor on Skye.  This island is seriously otherworldly, so much so that it has featured in some of the greatest fantasy movies of all time such as Snow White & the Huntsman (2012), the Land That Time Forgot (1975), the BFG (2016), Stardust (2007).  Classics such as Macbeth (2015) and the Wickerman (1973) were also filmed on the island.  We recommend taking the two-hour drive from Armadale ferry port up to the north end of the island, where the magical vibes are in abundance! Here you’ll see locations such as the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the Fairy Glen.

the wickerman scottish movie locations
The opening scenes of the Wickerman were filmed the Storr and the Quiraing
highlander scottish movie locations
Eilean Donan Castle was featured in Highlander

Eilean Donan Castle – “There can be only one”

Driving back to the south of the Isle of Skye and crossing the bridge back onto the mainland (90 minutes) the glorious sight of Eilean Donan Castle will mesmerise you!  This picture-perfect castle will probably be a familiar sight to you even if you have never visited before as it has been the backdrop to many films including James Bond – The World is not Enough (1999), Highlander (1986) and the romcom Made of Honour (2008).

Loch Ness – “There are those who say fate is something beyond our command, but I know better”

The two-hour drive from Eilean Donan Castle back to Woodlands Glencoe will take you along the banks of Loch Ness where not only can you try to spot Nessie, but if you’re a movie buff, you’ll recognise the landscape from the likes of The Private Life of Sherlock Homes (1970) and Loch Ness (1996). Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness also inspired the film creators of the wonderful Disney Pixar film classic, Brave (2012).

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