Glenfinnan Viaduct (Harry Potter)
Situated at the north end of the beautiful Loch Shiel, The Glenfinnan Viaduct is a hugely popular tourist spot. With parts of the Harry Potter films filmed here, the viaduct is recognisable to many.
The viaduct is easily reachable by road and has ample parking nearby. Take in the views from the vantage point, or book onto the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig which passes over the viaduct.
Glenfinnan boasts some beautiful walks and views along the Loch. The nearby Glenfinnan Visitor Centre is well worth a visit. Learn more about the Jacobites and take in the famous statue of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Blackness Castle (Outlander)
When you think of Edinburgh, one attraction usually springs to mind: the castle. Yes, the city boasts one of the most impressive castles in the country. And while Edinburgh Castle is a spot we would absolutely recommend visiting, it’s also worth calling attention to Blackness Castle.
This lovely wee castle is located in Blackness, North Queensferry. Situated on the Firth of Forth, the castle is easily reached by car, bus or bicycle.
Initially built for the Crichtons, the castle was soon passed on to the monarchy before being transformed into a prison for over two centuries.
While there are many locations in Scotland used for filming Outlander, this is one of our favourites. It was used as the shooting location for Fort William in season one.
It still stands strong to this day. Why not book a tour of the grounds to learn more about its fascinating history.
Rosslyn Chapel (The Da Vinci Code)
Rosslyn Chapel is a stunning 15th Century Catholic church situated in the village of Roslin, just outside Edinburgh. It is easily reachable from Edinburgh and has plenty of parking.
Famous for being prominently featured in the worldwide bestseller, The Da Vinci Code, the chapel was also a location for the film adaptation. The book and film explore a fictional connection between the chapel and the fabled Holy Grail.
While it has an interesting history explored in the book, its real history is equally fascinating. The chapel remains standing to this day and is open for tours. Be sure to book in advance and check out the beautiful carved stonework portraying various biblical stories throughout. Rosslyn is a 5-star visitor attraction and one not to be missed.
Doune Castle (Monty Python and Game of Thrones)
Doune Castle is one of those castles that is often overshadowed by the eponymous city castle. Originally built as the home of Regent Albany, the castle still offers guided tours through the grounds.
This castle is particularly famous for being in a number of scenes in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. With clever filming, it stood for most of the castles shown in the film.
In fact, original Python Terry Jones narrates the audio guided tour offering both an exploration of the castle’s history and insights into the filming of Holy Grail. For the eagle-eyed, it was also used as the location of Winterfell for the pilot episode of Game of Thrones, and has also been used on occasion in Outlander.
Located just south of the village of Doune and to the west of Dunblane, it is around 8 miles from Stirling. There are beautiful walking and cycling routes nearby and it is easily reached by road. Book in advance for tours and keep an eye on Historic Environment Scotland for opening times.
Calanais Standing Stones (Brave and Call The Midwife)
Leaving the mainland and travelling to the Isle of Lewis, you will find the Calanais Standing Stones. Around 12 miles east of Stornoway, this historic site has plenty of parking and can be reached by road. To reach the Isle, check local ferry services from Ullapool.
These megaliths are one of the best preserved Neolithic sites still standing today. Calanais predates Stonehenge and takes on a cross design. Similar to many similar monuments of the time, the exact reason why they were erected is unclear – although some believe it was used as a form of planetary and astronomical observation.
The stones served as inspiration for Pixar’s Brave, with several key scenes in the film set around the stones. For fans of the smaller screen, the Christmas 2019 episode of Call The Midwife was set there and filmed on location.
Inveraray Castle (Downton Abbey)
Another castle boasting vast grounds and beautiful scenery is Inveraray Castle. This castle has been kept in excellent condition and is currently under the ownership of the Duke of Argyll. It remains the seat of the clan Campbell.
This west coast castle offers vast grounds and walking routes, holiday homes and a caravan park. Why not make these beautiful grounds a pit-stop on your way around the Highlands and Islands.
Fans of Downton Abbey will recognise this castle, as it was used for filming the show’s 2012 Christmas episode. The castle is around 38 miles from Oban and easily accessible by road.
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