Scottish and Proud: The Best Films Set in Scotland

Scotland is a beautiful country with a rich culture, an amazing history and breathtaking natural beauty. From this, it is no wonder that some of the best films in Hollywood chose Scotland as their backdrop.

One Day (2011)


This film, based on David Nicholls’ international best-selling novel of the same name, proved to be very successful at the box office.

The two main characters, Emma Morely (played by Academy Award-winner Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (played by Jim Sturgess) meet on the day of their graduation from the University of Edinburgh on 15th July 1988. Although the two are polar opposites, they instantly connect and spend just one wonderful day together in the city before having to go their separate ways.

As in the book, the film then proceeds to check in with the two protagonists every 15th July for the following 20 years, showing their individual successes, failures, loves, losses, happiness and tragedy. Viewers will find themselves becoming completely engrossed in their story, and falling in love with the two characters.

Although only a small portion of the story is set in Scotland, Edinburgh has a memorable and crucial role in the development of the story, and the film also features some breathtaking shots of the city. It is definitely worth a watch for lovers of romantic drama.

Trainspotting (1996)


This hit, directed by Danny Boyle, is based on the book by Irvine Welsh, and considered one of the most definitive films in the history of Scottish cinema.

The film stars a young Ewan McGregor as a drug addict in Edinburgh who is trying to turn his back on the city’s drug scene and turn his life around. The story takes place in Leith in the 1980s, which was at the time a poorer area of Edinburgh. However, the majority of the film was shot in neighbouring Glasgow.

Although this is obviously a far less idyllic representation of Scotland than many other films set in the country, it still showcases some of the breathtaking scenery that Scotland has to offer, and is a testament to Boyle’s directing abilities.

Although it isn’t the lightest of films in terms of content, this film is a must-see for lovers of compelling dramas, and those who wish to see Scotland portrayed in a slightly different light.


Skyfall (2012)


The most recent James Bond film is one of the most popular films to have ever been set in Scotland, and led to CNN Travel naming Scotland as the Top Travel Destination in 2013.

This film sees Bond, played by Daniel Craig, and M, played by Judi Dench, combating the sinister Raoul Silva, who wishes to seek revenge. Although the film also features scenes shot in Istanbul and Shanghai, the film’s most breathtaking scenery is showcased when the two flee to James Bond’s ancestral home in the Scottish Highlands.

These scenes expose the outstanding natural beauty of Scotland, with panoramic shots of jagged mountain ranges and misty roads, allowing cinematographer Roger Deakins to receive an Oscar nomination.

This film, which many believe to be the best Bond film to date, has everything you could possibly want from an action movie combined with all the natural beauty of Scotland shown on the big screen.

Braveheart (1995)


Although it was mostly filmed in Ireland, Mel Gibson’s Braveheart is one of the most popular films to ever be set in Scotland.

Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, the film is loosely based on the epic poem written in the 15th Century by the writer Blind Harry, which in turn is loosely based on the life of William Wallace. Mel Gibson, who also directed the film, plays Wallace, who leads a rebellion against English rule in the 14th Century.

While the film does not play much attention to historical accuracy, it is certainly an action-packed movie that many people will enjoy. Its romantic representation of Scotland as a country resonates with many people and is one of the reasons the film is so adored.

The film is one of the most quoted out there, and no doubt you won’t be able to resist declaring ‘they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!’

Brave (2012)


The much-anticipated Disney Pixar movie Brave was met with wide praise from critics when it was released in summer 2012, and saw it win the coveted Best Animated Film award at the Academy Awards.

It tells the story of a young Scottish princess named Merida, who refuses to marry and causes unprecedented havoc across Scotland.

Disney Pixar received high praise for creating a strong-minded, independent and free-spirited female protagonist in Merida, who is voiced by Kelly MacDonald, and reimagining the Disney princess stereotype.

Through the film’s spectacular portrayal of the scenery in the Scottish Highlands, even though it was obviously an animated and romanticised version that was shown on screen, Pixar’s animation was declared as one of the best representations of Scotland ever to hit the big screen.

Brave also brought a lot of tourism to Scotland through a joint marketing campaign between Disney and the tourism body VisitScotland. This was the first time Disney had ever agreed to collaborate in a tourism campaign and included PR events and exclusive screenings of the film in Scotland, providing a massive boost to the country’s tourism.

This film is action-packed and entertaining and one that can be enjoyed by all, and is a must-see particularly for families with young children.

It was incredibly successful when it was released, and allowed both McGregor and Boyle to go on to have spectacular careers in the film industry.

These films are just a selection of those set in Scotland, and all showcase the amazing culture and scenery that Scotland is famed for across the world. If you are interested in Scottish cinema, keep an eye on our blog for future updates!

Discover the Great Scottish Outdoors

The Scottish countryside and landscape is truly spectacular. From the rugged natural beauty of the Highlands to the tranquility of Loch Lomond, it’s the perfect setting for an outdoor adventure.

Places to visit

Scotland is home to some truly breathtaking national parks which really are worth a visit. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty and has even been immortalized in a song. The park is home to the UK mainland’s largest body of water, 720 square miles of incredible mountains, glens and lochs, and is conveniently located only 30 minutes North West of Glasgow city centre. This article has some great information for visitors to the park, including a number of highlights of the area.

Any tour of the Scottish countryside cannot be complete without a visit to the Scottish Highlands, where you can experience the real Scotland and its rich cultural history. The region is home to some amazing ancient landscapes, as well as iconic attractions such as Ben Nevis and, of course, the infamous Loch Ness, and is dominated by vast mountain ranges and ancient forests.



 There really is no better way to enjoy the Scottish countryside than on foot, whether you’re an avid walker or just a keen amateur. Thanks to its fantastic landscape, Scotland is also a popular destination for a number of other outdoor activities and is the perfect place to discover your adventurous side. From mountain biking to white water rafting, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. A number of companies, such as Absolutely Scotland, offer the chance to explore a variety of outdoor activities in Scotland.



 The Scottish countryside is home to some truly amazing wildlife and is one of the top destinations in Europe for wildlife-watching. If you’re lucky you might even be able to catch a glimpse of some of Scotland’s most iconic species, including deer, Scottish wildcats, golden eagles, red squirrels and even dolphins. Here’s a handy guide to the array of species to be found in Scotland and the best places to find them. You could also consider taking a wildlife-watching trip. Companies such as Sealife Adventures , offer the opportunity to see some truly amazing aquatic species, including whales and a variety of sea birds.



Hopefully this blog has inspired you to get outdoors and discover a different side to Scotland. So get out there and explore the amazing Scottish countryside for yourself.

Scottish Comedy

Comedy is big business and with the stressful lives we lead today comedy is a welcome escape from the mundane drone of day to day life for many people. Scottish has always been known for is numerous quality comedians and comedy events, Scotland is often thought to be synonymous with good humour and quality comedians.

Scottish comedy is linked with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which is the largest and one of the most famous arts festivals in the world. It takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city and is an opportunity for Scotland to impress the world with its talents and artistic stars.

With the success and increasing popularity of Edinburgh Fringe Festival comedy has exploded in Scotland, with an eclectic and diverse circuit which is constantly developing.
Scotland and Edinburgh is particular is filled with great comedy nights out. Scotland has a vast amount of raw talent which is eager to grow and find a wider audience and the challenges they bring, so whilst visiting Scotland why not have a laugh and enjoy a comedy night out as part of your visit, its guaranteed to put you in a good mood.

Depending on the time of year which you are visiting Scotland there is also the Scottish Comedy Festival which sees over 100 comedians, come together to entertain an audience consisting of people from across the world.

The best thing about the Scottish Comedy Festival, especially for those who are visiting on a tight budget, is that you can enjoy its showcase absolutely free! Scotland is a great place to experience some of the very best acts and the brightest up-and-comers from the comedy circuit.

Scottish Music

Music is an art form that has existed since prehistoric times and has played a significant role in human society since then. Music is usually created using purpose built musical instruments such as grand pianos, although it is possible to create music using anything which can make sound. There are many different types and genres of music that exist and there are significant variations in music from different cultures and period of history. Also the musical instruments used by different people at different points in history have been subject to a huge amount of variation themselves. There are many different reasons why people did and still do create music, although it is primarily as a form of entertainment. Music also has a significantly spiritual role in many cultures and it is a fundamental aspect of many religions.

Today music still plays a very important role in Scottish society and it is a principle form of entertainment for many people. A cèilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is a traditional Scottish dance set to music that is often held to mark special occasions or social gatherings within the community. Some of the dances are more complex than others, meaning participation is not just the exclusive reserve of the young. Then there are the most famous national instrument of all – the bagpipes. Love them or hate them, no single instrument is as intertwined with a national identity as much as the bagpipe, despite historical evidence to suggest they were first developed in Roman Europe.

Traditional Scottish Crafts

There are many traditional Scottish crafts that are still practised today in modern day Scotland, one of which is ironmongery. The Scottish iron working trade is in rude health following a revival of people’s appreciation of wrought iron gates for their homes and gardens.

The greatest appeal of wrought iron gates is their appearance and the connotations of wealth and affluence that are associated with them. Many people will have these gates fitted to their properties, regardless of how old or new the building is in order to enhance its appearance and also its market value. Many people who have long driveways leading up to their home will be able to restrict public access to the driveway by installing a set of wrought iron gates. Many of the firms that are able to provide these gates to their clients will be able to incorporate a variety of additional security features into their design such as automated locks and an intercom system so the householder can identify people waiting at their gate.

One of the most popular features that can be installed onto a set of wrought iron gates is an automatic opening mechanism that can be operated by remote control. These systems are very popular as they allow people to open and close the gates without leaving their vehicle. Most of the firms that are able to produce wrought iron gates will be able to fit some of these additional security features as optional extras. Most of these companies will have a website listing details of all their products and additional features that can be fitted to a set of wrought iron gates. Some of these companies will incorporate an online ordering facility on their website.

Touring Scotland

One of the greatest mistakes visitors to Scotland often make is limiting their stay to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Scotland is chock-full of interesting places besides these, most of which have managed to avoid being spoilt by high tourist foot-fall in recent years.

Aberdeenshire is home to many unique attractions, one of the most well known being Balmoral castle, which was bought by the royals during the Victorian period and remains one of the royal family’s residences. The castle is open to the public at certain times of the year and it is one of the more popular tourist attractions in Aberdeenshire , with guided walks being regularly provided for visitors eager to learn more about the castle’s history and the Royal Family.

However, there is a great deal more on offer to visitors who come to Aberdeenshire aside from visiting historic locations. The county is well known for its outstanding natural beauty and it is home to three fantastic nature reserves that are incredibly popular with wildlife enthusiasts keen to see some of the Scottish wildlife in its natural habitat. Investing in a good pair of binoculars before you go will ensure you don’t miss a thing.

However, if you’re interested in doing something a little more exciting than strolling through the countryside there is always the city of Aberdeen that you can visit. However, despite the name the city is not officially part of the county, or ‘council area’ of Aberdeenshire as it is managed by its own local authority. Nevertheless the city of Aberdeen is located right in the middle of Aberdeenshire and has a number of attractions that are likely to interest people of all ages and walks of life.

If you’re thinking of taking a city break then Aberdeen is an ideal choice, particularly if you’d like to combine a visit to the city with some of the more relaxing countryside pursuits available in Aberdeenshire.

Photography In Scotland

Scotland has a fantastic varity of architecture for the budding photographer to get their teeth in to. Whether you’re in to ancient ruins or the most cutting edge engineering designs – Scotland has something for you, and is a fantastic place to develop your skills if you are looking to make a career of it.

Commercial photographers will often cover a broad range of different photography styles in order to maximise their potential customer base. Many photographers who are involved in landscape for photographer for commercial purposes may also find that the receive business from clients requesting architectural photography. Architectural photography has a great deal of uses in the commercial world and it is very commonly used in the promotional materials issued by companies and businesses. Businesses that have strong links with buildings, for example a construction company may want to enlist the services of a commercial photographer who is skilled in architectural photography to capture striking images of buildings which they can then use in the promotional materials and brochures.

Architectural photography will often require the photographer to use specialist equipment to achieve the results they require, particularly if they are taking photographs in low light or the building being photographed is unusually lit. It goes without saying that you would need a reasonable standard of camera, such as the Nikon D300s, but specialist lenses are also often used in architectural photography, particularly lenses that are adapted to take a photo in low light as large buildings often look most spectacular during the twilight hours. A tripod will also be used be hold the camera steady during long exposure times. Light is something that must be taken into careful consideration in architectural photograph and the photographer must pick the pick the time of day when they wish to take the photograph very carefully in order to achieve the results they require. Finally it is a good idea to take a video camera such as the Sanyo Xacti to take with you on scouting trips. This means you can capture a location in full in a few seconds to then reconsider in your own time at home.

Nights Out In Glasgow

Scotland is a very popular destination for a fun weekend away which why an increasing number of people are choosing hold their stag parties in Edinburgh or Glasgow. The city of Glasgow is a fantastic location for an exciting night out as it is well known for its excellent nightlife, as in Edinburgh. Visitors to the city may find themselves overwhelmed by the huge number of clubs and bars throughout the centre. This massive choice of nightspots will ensure that any night out in Edinburgh or Glasgow goes with a bang.

If you’re a best man and you’re thinking about organising a stag party in Scotland then you’ll find that you’re literally spoilt for choice. Thankfully there are a number of companies that specialise in organising stag parties in Edinburgh or Glasgow and these firms are often able to offer their customers a package deal with hotel, day time activity and night out included in the price. These companies are an ideal choice if you’re thinking about traditional stag parties where people have to travel from far and wide.

However if you’re looking to organise something a little more out of the ordinary then you’ll be pleased to know there’s a huge variety of interesting activities in and around both cities ideal for a stag party. A number will involve a visit to an adventure or activity centre where participants can get involved with activities such as paintballing and go-karting. These types of activities are a little out of the ordinary to most stag parties and they’re guaranteed to ensure that everybody has fun.

Films in Glasgow

Glasgow City, situated on the River Clyde in Scotland’s west central lowlands, boasts its title as not only the largest city in Scotland, but also as a host to an array of films. Over the years, many films have been filmed in Glasgow, from Hollywood movies, to even Bollywood ones. Glasgow is a lovely city and would make a perfect setting for any scene in a movie. Its breathtaking Victorian architecture, medieval spires and steeples coupled with neo-gothic towers make for a beautiful setting for films. The contemporary modernity of the art and culture infused into the buildings in the city makes Glasgow diverse in this field.

Glasgow is not only a host where films may be set, but is also featured in many television commercials, adverts in magazines and newspapers, music videos, and short films are amongst the list of many.

The Film Charter for the City of Glasgow that was signed in 1997 ensures that any production that wishes to film within Glasgow has the cooperation and support of filming liaison officers in its city council, and also the police.

As a thriving city, both during the day and at night, Glasgow certainly has a lot to offer for anyone wishes to make a film using Glasgow as a setting. It boasts many parks which are attractive and very well kept, but its true aesthetic resides with the surrounding buildings. Anyone filming in Glasgow will undoubtedly fail to notice this whole array of features that it has on offer.

Glasgow Film Festival

The Glasgow Film Festival is a famous event celebrating films, both old and new. It hosts a whole array of screenings of exclusive premier films, guest appearances and truly inspiring events. It first began in 2005, and will be celebrating its 5th year in February 2009. Next year will see a homage paid to Audrey Hepburn, star of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, in the traditional retrospectives that take place every year. The 2008 Film Festival retrospective focused on Bette Davis.

The ten day event usually takes place in various venues in and around the City of Glasgow. With its massive amount of historical architecture, and even the more contemporary, modern city buildings, the City boasts a huge amount of locations where the Festival could take place. Many of the screenings that will take place will be screened for the first time, and some, never again, making it a historical event almost.

Film buffs are recommended to experience what the Glasgow Film Festival has to offer. Even festival lovers would have something to enjoy. The Festival will also see a variety of hopefuls that may be looking to break into the film industry.

Tickets to the Festival cost from between £4 and £40. The City also has on offer hotel deals and meal deals on those sites that are close to where the festival will be taking place. The Festival is also very accessible by public transport through the use of trains and coaches which run from all major towns and cities throughout the UK to Glasgow.