There is no better place to shoot a medieval-themed movie than Scotland. It seems like every corner here is surprisingly photogenic, the fields of their famous Highlands are greener than anywhere else, all castles look mystical and romantic, and those little towns and villages could tell you the best stories about brave heart Scots. After feeling amazed by all this beauty, only some handsome actor in a traditional Scottish kilt is missing for a perfect movie. Here is a shortlist of the best-known movies and TV shows that have been set in Scotland.
This option is classical, and everybody knows the young Mel Gibson on a horse shouting the famous phrase “But they will never take our freedom!”. The movie made in 1995 tells a story about William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish soldier who united the army of Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against the King Edward I. The director of this movie was also Mel Gibson, so he created a hero character of William Wallace while some sources are describing him as a bloodthirsty murderer. Well, no one knows the truth now, but the great story and the background of green meadows and medieval castles seem worth of all the awards.
The TV show that has started in 2014 tells a story about an English nurse from 1945 who mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 Scotland. Only the first season was set in Scotland where you can admire castles, Highlands, dark woods, dangerous adventures, and soldiers with skirts. All those fairy-tale castles, Highland landscapes, and little villages with old tavernas and whiskey jars are going to inspire you to travel to Scotland.
Probably, it would be difficult to find a person who has never seen a movie about the young wizard, his magical adventures, and secret trains to the Hogwarts. But do you know that the railway path of the famous Hogwarts Express is going through the stunning 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, which spans more than 300 meters and carrying the train to the Glenfinnan Station? If you want to try the same path, you can catch a train at Glenfinnan Station and choose Fort William as a destination. You will see the picturesque valley, viaduct, and hills. However, the final station is not the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but you will find a nice town with some great taverns for sure.
The River Etive, glaciers, deep-green valleys, iconic sunset over the hills, furious Aston Martin, and Daniel Craig in a perfect suit as the secret agent 007 – what else do you need for a great evening movie? In 2012 the breathtaking surroundings of Glen Etive which is a glen in the Highlands of Scotland were chosen as a background for the movie “Skyfall” about the famous spy James Bond and his boss M. By the way, the surroundings of Glen Etive are perfect for a hiking trip but leave your guns and Aston Martin at home.