For most of us not native to Scotland, our first experience of this beautiful country happens through film. Since the silver screen came alive, filmmakers have been drawn to its massive historic castles, sprawling mountainous glens, and deep mysterious lochs. For travellers attracted to lush landscapes showcased in film, Scotland’s Highlands have much to offer.
Kyle of Lochalsh and the Isle of Skye
Fans of Scotland’s cinematic appeal should be sure to visit Eilean Donan Castle in Lochalsh, which has been featured several times in various films. The castle has been built and rebuilt as many as four times throughout its rich history spanning from as early as the 6th century. With its most recent restoration completed in 1932, a bridge was added for easier access to the castle, though it certainly adds to the aesthetic appeal.
In terms of breath-taking landscapes, few impress as well as those found in the Isle of Skye, which has long attracted photographers and videographers alike. Locations such as The Storr and Totternish Ridge or even the well-known Cuillin mountains are sights to behold.
In the area, one might also want to ride the Jacobite Steam Train and see sights featured in fantasy films about a certain famous scarred wizard. The train travels from Fort William to Mallaig, passing such scenic features as the Glenfinnan Viaduct, Loch Eil, and Arisaig.
This awe inspiring glen has been featured in several popular films and is popular with a variety of tourists, particularly those with a penchant for walking and climbing. Though the area tends to see a great deal of precipitation, it has been remarked for its beauty regardless of weather. Some might even argue that the nuances of shifting weather in Glen Coe add to its character and mystery.
Some of its best film-related scenic attractions in this area include Fort William, Glen Nevis, Clachaig Gully, and the Pass of Glencoe. Fort William in particular has much that avid movie-goers would appreciate and it is surrounded by picturesque mountains to travel or photograph.
Other Attractive Highland locations in this area include Glen Etive, Rannoch Moor, Glen Tarbert, Castle Tioram, Loch Shiel, and Loch Arkaig, among others. Those who explore Glencoe fully will likely find many visual treasures to behold. Even passing through via the A82 has been noted as a very rewarding drive.
Film has often been among the deepest inspirations in various aspects of modern culture. One of the great things about Scotland’s Highlands is that it has preserved so much magic and history that we can experience even today in our modern age. As the face of the places we live become increasingly altered by industry that has little regard for such things, is no wonder that filmmakers so often seek to capture the imagination of the masses by offering a view of a place where beautiful landscapes and rich historical icons remain largely unaffected.
Guy Pierson is a writer and globetrotter, currently working as a content creator for the travel support team at EHIC.