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Chariots of Fire, Braveheart, Harry Potter, Da Vinci Code, Skyfall, Outlander ......

Timeline - top Scottish films and their locations


1945 - I Know Where I'm Going! - a romance film written and directed by British-based filmmakers Michael

Powell and Emeric Pressburger, starring Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey. Filmed on location at Duart Castle

on the Isle of Mull, Argyll & The Isles.

1949 - Whisky Galore - adaptation of Compton MacKenzie’s novel, filmed on the Isle of Barra.

1971 - When Eight Bells Toll - based upon Scottish author Alistair MacLean's 1965 novel of the same name,

it stars Anthony Hopkins as a British agent. It was directed by Etienne Perier and filmed on location at Duart

Castle on the Isle of Mull, Argyll.

1973 - The Wicker Man - the cult movie was filmed in the Dumfries & Galloway towns of Gatehouse of Fleet,

Newton Stewart, Creetown and Kirkcudbright.

1974 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail - a British comedy film parodying the legends of King Arthur that was

part-filmed on the premises of Doune Castle near Stirling

1981 - Gregory’s Girl - Bill Forsyth’s coming-of-age romantic comedy used the exterior of Abronhill High School in Cumbernauld.

1981 - Chariots of Fire - the West Sands beach in St Andrews was used for the iconic scenes in this Oscar winning film.

1983 - Local Hero - filmed across Scotland including in Pennan, Aberdeenshire and on Camusdarach beach, Morar.

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

1996 - Trainspotting - launched the international career of Ewan McGregor and was filmed in Edinburgh (Princes Street and Calton Road), Glasgow and Rannoch Moor.

1999 - Entrapment - is a four time award-winning film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The plot is about an insurance agent sent by her employer to track down and help capture an art thief, and the filming took place on location at Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, Argyll.

                                                                                         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.

                                                                                         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.

                                                                                         2011 - Captain America: The First Avenger - Parts of the opening scenes in Norway were

                                                                                         actually filmed in the picturesque Royal Burgh of Culross in Fife.

                                                                                         2011 - The Eagle - Loch Lomond, Wester Ross and Stirling all feature in the historical epic

                                                                                         directed by Glasgow-born Kevin MacDonald.

                                                                                         2011 - One Day - the film was based on the novel by David Nicholls. It featured many iconic

                                                                                         shots of Edinburgh, where the two main characters went to university. You can find out more by

                                                                                         taking a look at the One Day in Edinburgh film itinerary.

                                                                                         2012 - Prometheus - Ridley Scott’s return to sci-fi after more than 30 years saw stars such as

                                                                                         Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba exploring whether humans

                                                                                         are linked to highly advance extra-terrestrials. With the magnificent rocky landscape, misty skies, Cuillin mountains and glistening waters, it’s no surprise that Skye was chosen as one of the filming locations for this blockbuster sci-fi epic.

2012 - The Dark Knight Rises - Villain Bane's dramatic escape from one aircraft to another was filmed above the Cairngorms. This spectacular scene was originally meant to be filmed in Arizona, USA, however filmmakers felt the Highlands were “more visually distinct”.

2012 - Brave - Disney•Pixar's Oscar award-winning animation followed the flame-haired heroine Meridateenage archer battling to change her fate.

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.

2013 - Under the Skin - adaptation of Michel Faber’s book of the same name starring Scarlett Johannson. Areas around Glencoe, just south of Loch Ba were used in the film, as well as the harbour and beach area at Auchmithie, near Arbroath.

2013 - World War Z - Brad Pitt brought Glasgow city centre to a standstill in August 2011 as the city was transformed into the streets of Philadelphia for his zombie-themed movie.

2013 - Sunshine on Leith - based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, Sunshine on Leith features music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. Set in Edinburgh, the story follows two soldiers who struggle to adjust to civilian life when they return home after serving in Afghanistan.

2014 - Outlander - an adaptation of a hugely popular time travel romance and fantasy adventure series adapted from the critically acclaimed novels by Diana Gabaldon. Shot entirely on locations in Scotland, it features Doune Castle near Stirling among many other stunning locations.

2015 - Frankenstein - directed by Paul McGuigan, the film features award-winning cast, including James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliff in the lead roles. Parts of the film were shot in and around the dramatically set Dunnottar Castle, near Stonehaven, in Aberdeenshire.

2015 - Macbeth - a new movie adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel with Michael Fassbender in the lead role, filmed on locations on Isle of Skye in the Highlands.


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