It’s film time. I’ve written about 21 books to read while traveling, 11 books to read about London, and 15 books that will make you fall in love with England, but now I want to change things up and add movies to the mix. As such, today I bring you 9 films set in Scotland.
Films Set in Scotland
From city views to highland scenery, Scotland is visually pleasing. As much as I love reading books set in Scotland, seeing the stunning landscapes and pretty villages on screen is hard to beat. I hope this list inspires you to fall in love with Scotland and explore more of this part of the UK.
I have to start with Braveheart. The movie tells the tale of William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish hero who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against English King Edward I. This classic is one of the most iconic films set in Scotland, so much so that there was even a statue of William Wallace in Stirling that was modeled after actor and director Mel Gibson. You can get the film here.
Moving into modern times, Trainspotting is another of my favorite Scottish films. Set in Edinburgh and filmed in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow, this film about drug addiction was not only ground-breaking in its time, but also shows a different side of the city than most visitors see. If you’re in the UK, get it here. If you’re in the US, get it here.
3. Rob Roy
Rob Roy is one of the most legendary Walter Scott novels and one of the most memorable films set in Scotland. It tells the tale of Rob Roy MacGregor, an 18th-century clan chief who is wronged by a highland nobleman and tries to get revenge while fleeing the Redcoats. With lots of highland scenery, it’s sure to inspire you to fall for Scotland. You can get it here.
4. Whiksy Galore!
Whiksy Galore! is based on a true story of Scottish islanders on the Island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides attempting to plunder 264,000 bottles of whisky from a stranded ship during wartime rationing in 1941. Both the 1949 original and 2016 remake tell the humorous tale of a local community uniting against governmental authority. If you’re in the UK, get it here. If you’re in the US, get it here.
A 1980’s classic, Highlander is another of the most famous films set in Scotland. It follows Connor Macleod, a 16th-century highlander. An Immortal, Connor eventually ends up in New York in the 1980s battling others of his kind. Lochs, mountains, and moors feature prominently throughout the film, making it a great one to watch if you want to be inspired by Scotland’s beauty. If you’re in the UK, get it here. If you’re in the US, get it here.
6. T2 Trainspotting
The sequel to Trainspotting, T2 Trainspotting picks up the original story 20 years later. Main character Mark Renton returns to Edinburgh and reunites with his old friends, only this time more of the scenes were shot in the city. From nightclubs to abandoned tram depots, over 50 non-traditional locations can be seen throughout the film. If you’re in the UK, get it here. If you’re in the US, get it here.
I could watch the James Bond movie Skyfall over and over. The scenes filmed in Scotland’s Glen Coe and Glen Etive are enough to make me want to drop everything and drive through the Scottish Highlands. If you’re looking for travel inspiration, this is the perfect film to watch. You can get it here.
8. One Day
The opposite of Trainspotting, One Day shows Edinburgh at its loveliest. The story of two young people who meet the day they graduate from The University of Edinburgh, it features iconic spots like Arthur’s Seat and the Royal Mile. If you want to fall in love with Edinburgh, this film is just the ticket. If you’re in the UK, get it here. If you’re in the US, get it here.
I know, I know. It’s not a film. But the Outlander TV series has so many scenes set in Scotland that I thought I would sneak it in at the end of my list. From fairy-tale castles to highland landscapes and villages, this show is sure to inspire you to travel to Scotland. If you’re in the UK, get it here. If you’re in the US, get it here.
And the list doesn’t stop here. With new films like Mary, Queen of Scots coming out later this year, there’s more to come. Stay tuned.
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