Scotland is well known for its beautiful lochs and mystical mountains. These iconic backdrops have been the location of some amazing movies and TV shows and are all available for you to visit. This guide outlines where to visit Scotland’s famous filming locations so you can experience the magic of Harry Potter, Outlander and Braveheart firsthand!
Dive into the Magic of Harry Potter
Step into the magical world of Harry Potter with these one-of-a-kind locations where the movie was filmed. Our favorites are Loch Morar and the Jacobite Steam Train.
1.) Loch Morar
The lake at Hogwarts is one of the most beautiful locations in the Harry Potter universe. From windswept landscapes to vast waters, this lake setting brought Hogwarts to life. You can go in person and visit this iconic lake at Loch Morar. Experience for yourself the inspiring beauty of the loch.
2.) The Jacobite Steam Train
Have you ever watched Harry Potter, and dreamed of riding the Hogwarts Express? Well, you can! The Jacobite Steam Train is the real-life Hogwarts Express and it winds its way through the Scottish Highlands. Grab a ticket, hop on board, and envision your semester at Hogwarts. You’ll be entranced by the stunning scenery zipping by you on your joyride.
Experience the Drama with Outlander
If you’re looking to be swept away into the drama, romance and history of Outlander, look no further. From incredible fortresses like Doune Castle to historical villages like the Highland Folk Museum, you’ll feel immersed in Outlander’s fantastic world.
1.) Doune Castle
Doune Castle, nestled into the Stirling district of central Scotland, is a medieval stronghold of epic proportions. Almost perfectly preserved, Doune Castle was transformed into Castle Leoch for Outlander, the seat of Clan Mackenzie. Additionally, the castle was a filming location in Game of Thrones, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
2.) Highland Folk Museum
This may come as a surprise, but the Highland Folk Museum in Scotland is an open-spaced, historically accurate museum of life in the 18th-century highlands. It is also the setting for the Mackenzie village scenes, as seen in Outlander. As you walk through the historically-correct setting, keep a lookout for the blacksmith’s hut, as well as other buildings seen in the show.
Explore Scottish History with Braveheart
Many scenes in Braveheart were filmed in Ireland, but the sweeping countryside, beautiful overlooks and iconic moments were filmed in Glen Nevis and the Mamore Mountains.
1.) Glen Nevis
Glen Nevis is a beautiful, rugged glen and mountain range in the Scottish Highlands. When you head to this area, you’ll find the filming location for Lanark village, where William Wallace grew up. This picturesque environment makes for a great adventure and the perfect start to your Braveheart tour.
2.) Mamore Mountains
William Wallace’s legendary trek through the mountain path took place on the Mamore Mountains trail. If you are up for the challenge, you can follow in Wallace’s footsteps and hike the trail that leads between the ten peaks of the Mamore. The hike itself takes around a full day and offers stunning views and a chance to feel like you’re part of Highland history and the epic movie, Braveheart.
Scotland is rich with thrilling adventures and incredible scenes. A tour to visit Scotland’s famous filming locations is exciting and sure to impress! No matter what your interests are, Traveling Soul Tours can provide the perfect private tour to ensure you see everything. We craft our tours based entirely on your suggestions and desires. And, our local guides are experts in finding the unique and the exciting. For more information, visit our Private Tours page or our Custom Tours page. Check out our ready-to-book and fully customizable itinerary: Whisky, Golf & Outlander Private Tour. Get started personalizing your unique journey by taking our Travel Quiz!