From charming Scottish family tales, to James Bond epics and period dramas, Scotland’s beloved rural landscape has played home to some of the most iconic characters in film and TV history. Find out about the films and TV shows you (probably) didn’t know were made in Scotland here.
1. The Da Vinci Code, 2006
The murder thriller, based on Dan Brown’s best selling book, saw Tom Hanks as Professor Robert Langdon unravelling mysteries after a murder in Paris. A key scene in the movie was filmed at Rosslyn Chapel, which can be found at the south of the city. Dan Brown calls the location “the most mysterious and magical chapel on earth.”
2. Downton Abbey, 2010
The 2012 Christmas special of the loved ITV drama was shot on location at Inveraray Castle in Argyll. The two hour special saw the Crawley family head north to Duneagle Castle, the fictional home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Flintshire.
3. The Crown, 2016
The hit Netflix drama has seen several of its travelling shots filmed up north in Scotland. Slains Castle features in season two of the series, as well as Cruden Bay - standing in as Castle of Mey’s beach. Ardverikie House in the Cairngorms features as Balmoral Castle through every season of the show.
4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975
The beloved cult British comedy follows the antics of the Monty Python castmates playing fictional knights, and was filmed at Doune Castle. The 14th century castle is located in Stronghold and is seen several times in the movie. The cast has since revealed it was terribly cold throughout filming.