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Film Sites in the Scottish Highlands

Film Sites in the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are ruggedly beautiful and dotted with castle ruins, making the area an epic filming location. A number of famous movie and TV scenes have been shot here, where you can visit featured spots. Here are some of our favorites.

Harry Potter

While some of the filming locations for theHarry Potter movies are in Edinburgh, one of the most breathtaking scenes was shot in the Highlands. The bridge over which the Hogwarts Express travels to reach the school is the Glenfinnan Viaduct, and you can ride over it yourself on the Jacobite Steam Train.

Highlander

TheHighlander film made good use of the rugged Highland landscape by filming  filming at the mountains and meadows of Glencoe, the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle, and the Isle of Skye—Scotland's largest island.

Skyfall

The sweeping landscapes of Glencoe were beautifully captured during one of those famous James Bond driving scenes, this time inSkyfall. It's an excellent area for your own Scottish driving adventure, as well as hiking, rock climbing, and—in winter—skiing.

Outlander

The extremely popularOutlander book and TV series is set in the Scottish Highlands, with Doune Castle, near Stirling, serving as Castle Leoch in the show. There are severalOutlander tours in Scotland to choose from, both day trips and multi-day adventures.

The Da Vinci Code

One of the pivotal points in Dan Brown's* Da Vinci Code* takes place in Scotland's Rosslyn Chapel, where you can visit on a tour and learn about the chapel's history.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Take a personalized tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness on this day trip to the Scottish Highlands. See wooded lochs and tucked-away villages as you journey through spectacular scenery en route to Glencoe and Fort Augustus. Enjoy an optional boat tour in search of the Loch Ness Monster and traverse the picturesque Cairngorms National Park. Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group limited to 16 passengers.
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Including Multi-day Tours

3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride

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Venture to the Scottish Highlands and spend two nights on the Isle of Skye, including a steam train ride on The Jacobite of the West Highland Railway Line — aka the ‘Hogwarts Express’ of Harry Potter fame. This 3-day guided trip from Edinburgh takes you through Cairngorms National Park to regional highlights such as the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillin Mountains. Visit Eilean Donan Castle, ride the ferry to Mallaig and stop at the legendary Loch Ness. Enjoy daily breakfasts during your hotel or B&B stay in Portree.
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2-Day Jacobite Experience including the Hogwarts Express from EdinburghOvernight Tours

2-Day Jacobite Experience including the Hogwarts Express from Edinburgh

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This 2-day heritage tour of the Scottish Highlands features historic locations linked to the Jacobite movement of 18th-century Scotland. Visit the village of Dunkeld, drive through Cairngorm National Park to Loch Ness, and stay overnight in Fort Augustus. You’ll ride to Mallaig aboard the Jacobite steam train, featured as the Hogwarts Express in the popular Harry Potter films. Along the way, hear tales of battles fought by the Jacobites — supporters of the exiled King James II.
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Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Journey to the frontier of ancient Rome on this full-day tour of Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish borders from Edinburgh. First up is a tour of the 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, famously featured in ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and renowned for its mysterious stone carvings and unique architecture. After lunch (not included), stop at Melrose Abbey, the burial site of King Robert the Bruce’s heart, and look out over the English border from Cheviot Hills, before walking along the UNESCO-listed Hadrian’s Wall.
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Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands from EdinburghDay Trips

Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands from Edinburgh

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See the best of Scotland in one action-packed day on this Glencoe, Loch Ness and the Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Pass Stirling Castle on route to Kilmahog with a guide, then continue through Rannoch Moor to the soaring Highland peaks of Glen Coe. Head along the banks of Loch Linnhe to Fort William and gaze over Ben Nevis — Scotland’s highest mountain. Enjoy free time to explore Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, and learn the famous legend of Nessie! Visit Inverness, then travel through the mighty Grampian Mountains to Edinburgh.
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from GlasgowDay Trips

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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Experience rugged and mythical Scotland on this full-day trip from Glasgow. In a small group, explore the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park and the famous Loch Ness—fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie. Visit historic battle sites like Glencoe, Fort Augustus, and Stirling Castle, where legendary hero William Wallace commanded an infamous fight against the British. Along the way, enjoy free time for optional cruises or tours.
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The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience from EdinburghDay Trips

The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience from Edinburgh

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Discover the palaces and castles of TV’s ‘Outlander’ series on a 9.5-hour tour from Edinburgh. Visit some of the sites that starred in the fictional Jacobite saga, including Blackness Castle, the headquarters of Jack Randall, and Hopetoun House, the Duke of Sandringham’s residence. Explore Wentworth Prison, set in Linlithglow Palace, and see Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), Mercat Cross (Cranesmuir), and more, as you hear trivia on the series and its stars. Entrance fees are excluded.
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Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Delve into Scotland’s rich history and heritage on this 1-day Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle tour from Edinburgh. Head from the Royal Mile over the UNESCO–listed Forth Bridge to Dunfermline with a guide, and explore the Abbey Kirk — burial place of Robert the Bruce. See where the Battle of Bannockburn raged and learn of Scotland’s struggle for independence. Take in top local attractions including Stirling Castle, and enjoy breathtaking views from the top of the iconic Wallace Monument. Then, visit Rosslyn Chapel before returning to Edinburgh.
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Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience the legend and mystery of Rosslyn Chapel and the Holy Grail on this ‘Da Vinci Code’ tour from Edinburgh. In a small group, travel to the charming town of Melrose and through the Scottish borderlands. Explore Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel, and hear intriguing tales of Cistercian monks, the Knights Templar, and Robert the Bruce.
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Outlander Film Locations Day Trip from EdinburghDay Trips

Outlander Film Locations Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Scotland’s rugged landscapes and historic castles provide a spectacular backdrop to hit TV series Outlander, but you’ll need a guide if you want to follow in the footsteps of your favorite characters. This full-day tour from Edinburgh gives fans the inside scoop, visiting memorable filming locations such as Doune Castle, Culross, and Falkland.
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Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles from GlasgowDay Trips

Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles from Glasgow

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Marvel at the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands on this Oban, Glen Coe and West Highland castles day trip from Glasgow. Visit the 18th-century town of Inveraray with a guide and learn of Scotland’s ancient history. Enjoy fine views over Loch Fyne on your journey to Kilchurn Castle and Loch Awe, then visit Oban — gateway to the Western Isles. Admire 15th-century Castle Stalker on route through Glen Coe, and travel across Rannoch Moor to Loch Lomond. Stroll along the shoreline for panoramic lake views, then return to Glasgow.
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Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders & Glenkinchie Distillery from EdinburghDay Trips

Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders & Glenkinchie Distillery from Edinburgh

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Journey through the majestic Scottish Lowlands on this Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Glenkinchie Distillery tour from Edinburgh. Travel with a guide to the village of Roslin and visit the iconic Roslyn Chapel. Take a scenic route along Scotland’s border to Melrose Abbey—believed to be the burial site of King Robert the Bruce’s heart—and enjoy lunch at your leisure. Admire panoramic views over the Scottish countryside and the Tweed River from Scott’s View. Sample Lowland whisky at the Glenkinchie Distillery, then return in comfort to Edinburgh.
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Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Take in top natural attractions including Glencoe, Ben Nevis, and Loch Ness on this day trip from Edinburgh. Pass the iconic Stirling Castle en route through the Trossachs, then head onto Glencoe—a region steeped in history. Explore Fort William and Ben Nevis with a guide, then follow the Great Glen to the village of Fort Augustus. After lunch on the shores of Loch Ness, pass Loch Laggan and stop for a stroll in a Highland village.
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Isle of Skye Day Trip from InvernessDay Trips

Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness

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Travel from Inverness to the Isle of Skye on a 10-hour day trip through the Scottish Highlands. Pass through glens and rugged mountain scenery, with stops at Loch Ness, Broadford and the ruins of Eilean Donan Castle, before reaching the purple heather–swathed hillsides of Skye. Then see the isle of Eilean Ban on the journey back to Inverness.
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Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from InvernessDay Trips

Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness

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Check out the Isle of Skye on a day trip from Inverness. With a Scottish local in a kilt as your driver-guide, you’ll discover the history behind the island plus some famous landmarks along the way. Pass Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, then cross Skye Bridge to spend time on the island itself. Visit the town of Portree, travel through the Cuillin mountains, and discover beguiling natural sights such as the Old Man of Storr. Numbers are limited to just eight people for a small-group experience.
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  • 11 hours
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Private Tour: 'Outlander' TV Locations Day Trip from EdinburghDay Trips

Private Tour: 'Outlander' TV Locations Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Travel back to the action-packed world of Outlander on a private day trip to Scotland's TV filming locations. Enjoy a guided tour from Edinburgh to the Highland areas featured in the popular program like the villages of Culross and Falkland—which represents Inverness in the series—and cinematic landmarks like Castle Leoch (Doune Castle). Along the way, enjoy insider stories and trivia about the series, cast, and crew. 
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Private 'Outlander' Film Locations Day Trip from EdinburghDay Trips

Private 'Outlander' Film Locations Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Visit filming locations from the hit TV show ‘Outlander’ on this day trip from Edinburgh. Follow the footsteps of Claire and Jamie as you see sites used for Lallybroch, Fort William (Blackness Castle), Crainsmuir (Culross) and the Mackenzie stronghold, Castle Leoch (Doune Castle).
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