Top film and TV locations in the Highlands

Arrive at sunset or sunrise to see Clava Cairns, the sacred prehistoric site that draws fans of TV series Outlander, as much as history buffs and hikers. Clava is thought to have inspired the fictional Craigh na Dun in the Outlander books and TV series. 

Recreate that classic scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail at Doune Castle. It appeared as both Camelot and Castle Anthrax in the 1975 film. It’s also since appeared in the Outlander TV series.

Rugged, imposing and perched on the water, Eilean Donan Castle is an impressive castle. It doubled as Castle Thane in 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. Make like Bond and pay a visit.

The most north-westerly point of the British mainland, Cape Wrath meets Voldemort’s fury in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, with some of Britain’s most spectacular cliffs playing a lead part in the dramatic climax of the film.

That magical steam train transporting Harry Potter to the wizard school of Hogwarts is, in real life, the Jacobite Steam Train operated by West Highland Railway, which runs from Fort William to Mallaig. Along its way, the train passes through some of the scenery shown in the film, including Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Epic 1995 movie Braveheart showcases the Highland landscape beautifully, and you can just imagine kilts, swords and plucky Highlanders as you stride out through Glencoe, Glen Nevis Valley and the Mamores Mountains, where filming took place.

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