Stunning vistas, lush mountains and ancient castles make up the landscape of Scotland. The combination of such natural beauty and romantic setting makes it a favorite filming location for many television and movie productions. Having listed some of the highlights in Fife and the Lowlands, I will now focus on those Scotland filming locations concentrated in the northwest Highlands and the Isle of Skye.
Scotland Filming Locations Part 2
Highland Folk Museum
The Highland Folk Museum is a worthwhile stop for anyone wanting to learn about Highland culture. This outdoor living museum has a collection of 18th-century replicas of Highland crofts and establishments. Some of the highlights include a typical Highland classroom, with a volunteer posing as a teacher; a blacksmith that demonstrates the art of fine metal making; and a tweed shop where you can learn about the differences between fabrics used to make tartan kilts and frocks.
You may recognize some parts of the museum from episodes of Outlander. It was featured on the very first episode in the scene where Claire, Jamie and the MacKenzie clansmen took shelter and also served as one of the villages during the episode “Rent.”
The Isle of Skye
Often considered a bucket list location by travelers, it’s easy to understand why Skye, the largest of the Hebrides islands, is one of the favorite Scotland filming locations. Sprawling mountain peaks, unusual rock formations and mystical alcoves makes the Isle of Skye something from fairy tales.
The unusual panaroma containing the Quiraing made for the perfect backdrop for the journey home of Macbeth’s army in the 2015 film adaptation of Macbeth, the Shakespeare classic featuring the power hungry Scottish general who eventually crowned himself king of Scotland. Located at the north end of Trotternish Ridge, it contains some of the most dramatic cliffs and bizarre rock formations you’ll ever see on the island.
Getting there is relatively easy via rental car. From the colorful seaside town of Portree, simply follow the road towards Uig and Staffin. A hill with signs directing you to the Quiraing will have some parking spaces and will lead you to trails for climbing the summit.
Old Man of Storr
There are likely only a handful of other Scotland filming locations that’s just as dramatic as the Old Man of Storr. This collection of pointed rocks high above the Trotternish Ridge looks like something from out of this world. Its unique formation draws the attention of photographers from around the world and why it also appears in so many films and television series. Some of the movies where it features prominently include Prometheus, the Ridley Scott futuristic sci-fi thriller, and the 70s movie the Wickerman.
Those who wish to view these rocks up close and personal can follow the trail to its hillside where you can also see a dazzling panorama of the surrounding munros and the loch below. On a clear day, you’ll also get a glimpse of the North Sea and other Scottish islands.
Glen Brittle Forest and the Fairy Pools
The Isle of Skye is literally something out of the ordinary and a visit to the Glen Brittle Forest and the fairy pools only strengthens that claim. Avid hikers will find plenty of scenic trails amidst the towering pinewood trees but the most popular one of them will lead you to what is known as the fairy pools. Enclosed by a set of stones that mirrors a large bathtub, it also features over a dozen streams of clear water falling gently into the pool. The result is a magical scene that is both enchanting and unforgettable.
The Fairy Pools have been featured in films such as Macbeth and Stardust. To get there, just follow the single-track road from the villages of Sheader and Balnaknock on the west side of the island. It’s only a half an hour drive from Portree. The town of Glen Brittle also has a campsite that is suitable for motorhomes.
Sligachan Glen and Cuillin Mountains
The perfect spot to view the Cuillin Mountains are in the town of Sligachan, whose glen divides the Red and Black Cuillin peaks. The Cuillin Mountains is a range made up of spectacular peaks that are both scenic and challenging for Munro baggers (avid hikers who climb peaks that are over 3,000 feet in height).
Sligachan is also one of the more remote places in the country but it doesn’t deter it from being one of the best Scotland filming locations. The scenic drive from Skye Bridge alone is worth the trip.