Some of the best movies have been filmed in Scotland and it’s clear to see why. Scotland is renowned for its captivating landscapes, abundant history, and scenic driving routes. With everything the country has to offer, it’s no wonder that Scotland has been the location for a variety of movies.

There are plenty of spaces to be explored, so we’ve pulled together an epic Scottish road trip for the film fanatics – with plenty of iconic stops along the way!

Travel during COVID-19

The current travel restrictions in Scotland mean you are not allowed to travel within the central belt or tier 3 areas. Fortunately, there are still many areas in Scotland outside of this belt left to explore!

At Swift Go, we know how challenging these times can be and taking care of your wellbeing is a struggle. Booking a motorhome escape provides the perfect socially-distanced break for you and your family. With beautiful landscapes to offer at iconic film locations, it makes it easy for the kids to be blown away whilst giving you and your partner a well-deserved rest. 

Each vehicle is sanitised and prepared following a strict valeting process before your arrival, so you can be confident that you can enjoy a safe-cation. We’ve also introduced a COVID-19 cancellation policy, just in case the unexpected happens before your unique get-away. 

We would suggest our customers try to avoid regions in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling to avoid being disappointed and book well in advance. Before you travel, please check the latest Scottish Government guidance. 

Road Trip Route

We’ve taken the hassle out of planning an epic road trip by doing it for you! This route will take you to the best film locations throughout Scotland, allowing you to take in magnificent sights along the way. 

Complete the full trek or pull out your favourite movies to recreate!

Start

Location: Swift Go Depot, Hardie Road, Livingston, Edinburgh, EH54 8BA, United Kingdom

The journey begins at our Edinburgh depot, where you will be welcomed to collect your valeted motorhome. We’re on hand to answer any questions you might have when you collect your vehicle, but we have plenty of instructional videos to get you started in the meantime. After a walkaround and straightforward induction, you’ll be ready to search for the scenes from the silver screens.

Trainspotting: Princes Street, Edinburgh

Distance: 19.3 miles

Time: 34 minutes

Location: Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2BY, United Kingdom

Head into the capital city and experience the busy but quirky atmosphere. Princes Street was used in Trainspotting for the opening scene where we meet Renton and Spud sprinting from security guards. Princes Street remains one of the city’s busiest high streets. Unfortunately, the infamous newsagents – John Menzies – that the duo was fleeing from is now closed, but you can explore the many shops, historic monuments, and restaurants.

Though Edinburgh sees the toughest restrictions, make sure to pin this one for your next adventure. Edinburgh’s distinctive cobbled streets and intricate architecture are a sight to behold.

Outlaw King: Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow

Distance: 20 miles

Time: 38 minutes

Location: Linlithgow Palace, Kirkgate, Linlithgow, Scotland, EH49 7EY, United Kingdom

Venture out of Edinburgh and enjoy the drive to one of Scotland’s many historic castles. Linlithgow Palace is in the heart of Linlithgow’s high street and became home to the crew of the Outlaw King, a historical action drama depicting the story of Robert the Bruce. Robert the Bruce as the Scottish King in the 14th century and is known for launching a guerrilla war against the English army. Filming took place throughout Scotland, but Linlithgow Palace chapel was used for the portrayal of The Bruce’s castle chapel.

Unfortunately, the palace itself is closed for the time being but the countryside surroundings offer the perfect location for a lockdown hike.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Doune Castle, Stirling

Distance: 26.3 miles

Time: 35 minutes

Location: Doune Castle, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom

From a palace to a castle, the journey between these historic landmarks is brief but beautiful. Doune Castle has been used for a variety of films and television shows, including Game of Thrones, Outlander, and the Outlaw King. Doune Castle was used as the location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1974, with the permission of Lord Moray. The producers used Doune Castle to depict a variety of fictional castles in the movie and it is particularly known for the song and dance routine ‘Knights of the Round Table’ which was filmed in the Great Hall.

Doune Castle has introduced limits on visitor numbers and is only accepting advance bookings, so make your reservation well in advance to experience this iconic landmark.

Skyfall: Glencoe Driving Route, Glen Coe

Distance: 73.5 miles

Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Location: A82, Glencoe, Scotland, United Kingdom

Heading further North, you’ll pass through the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, which is well worth a stop along the way. In the Scottish Highland, the road to Loch Etive was used in the 2012 Bond film, Skyfall. It’s a 12.5-mile-long road, beginning from the A82, but has hundreds of photo opportunities. The awe-inspiring views are bound to make you feel like James Bond in his Aston Martin DB5, from the comfort of your motorhome. Visit the village of Glen Coe afterwards, which has beautiful waterfalls and great trails to climb.

Glen Coe’s driving route is open for transport, allowing the most surreal driving experience for all passengers. Ploughing across the landscape in a motorhome overlooking panoramic views will have the kids feeling like they are on a special mission.

Braveheart: Glen Nevis, Fort William

Distance: 17.7 miles

Time: 30 minutes

Location: Glen Nevis, Fort William, Scotland, PH33 6PF, United Kingdom

Glen Nevis is an infamous landmark in its own right, but it was also the location of the equally notorious film Braveheart. The film opens with men riding on horses through the area of Soldiers’ Pool and many scenes were filmed by the River Nevis. The old Cameron graveyard was also utilised for the funeral scenes in the movie. Explore as much as possible and, for the braver hearts, embrace the classic Ben Nevis challenge by climbing the 4000-foot mountain instead of the valley.

Nestled in the highland countryside, Glen Nevis offers the perfect way to get moving during lockdown with a 300-meter climb. We challenge you to make it to the top without stopping!

Harry Potter: Glenfinnan Viaduct, Inverness-shire

Distance: 19.3 miles

Time: 34 minutes

Location: Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail, Glenfinnan, Scotland, PH37 4LT, United Kingdom

Although not a flying car, your motorhome can take you to the next unforgettable filming location to seek out the magic. The Glenfinnan Viaduct has appeared in four of the Harry Potter films, portraying the Hogwarts Express transporting pupils to the magical world. From the car park at the bottom of the valley, there is an approximately 10-minute walk to take you to the perfect viewing spot. The view is glorious and, when timed right, you’ll be able to see trains pass right over the viaduct.

We all know staying inside can get tedious. Landmarked by large brick archways and a rustic track circumferencing the landscape, Glenfinnan Viaduct is one of Scotland's most beautiful treasures. Watching the trains go past and soaking up the landscape is the perfect pastime for all the family.

The World is Not Enough: Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie

Distance: 78.8 miles

Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Location: Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland, IV40 8DX, United Kingdom

Pass by multiple lochs, including Loch Arkaig, Loch Loyne, and Loch Cluanie. Find places to pull over and take in the inspiring views along the way. Eilean Donan is a small tidal island where three sea lochs meet, home to the castle which dominates the land. The castle served as the fictional Scottish headquarters of MI6 in the James Bond movie. 

Unfortunately, the castle itself is closed until Spring, but you can still admire the architecture from a distance and enjoy the beautiful grounds that surround it.

The BFG: Skye, Highlands

Distance: 34.3 miles

Time: 50 minutes

Location: Isle of Skye, Highland, Scotland, United Kingdom

With the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing landslip, and actual Fairy Pools, the Isle of Skye was an obvious location choice for the producers of Disney’s portrayal of the BFG. The rugged yet mystical landscapes have plenty of nooks and crannies to delve into, with each view more breathtaking than the last. Adventures in the Isle of Skye are certain to make you have phizzwizard dreams when you rest your head after a long day exploring.

The Isle of Skye is open to visitors however there are strict restrictions in place. Social distancing must be practised at all times and face masks must be worn in shops and on public transport.

The Wickerman: Plockton, Lochalsh

Distance: 31.9miles

Time: 54 minutes

Location: Plockton, Lochalsh, Scotland, IV52 8TN, United Kingdom

For the horror fans, Plockton village was used as the fictional island where Edward Malus suspects something sinister about the local neo-pagans in search for his daughter. A notable point of interest within the village includes the building that was used as the harbour master’s house, where Nicolas Cage’s character first meets the locals. Not everything about Plockton is terrifying though, the village is within a secluded bay that has stunning views of Loch Carron and beautiful coral beaches.

Enjoy the terrain and rocky paths that are distinctive to Plockton. Make sure to pack some sturdy boots along with a face mask!

The Eagle: Finnich Glen, Stirlingshire

Distance: 169 miles

Time: 4 hours

Location: Finnich Glen, East of Finnich Bridge, Gaidrew, Scotland, G63 9QJ, United Kingdom

The drive is long, but another drive through the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park will show you even more of Scotland’s unrivalled scenery. At the next stop, the Eagle portrays the story of a young Roman soldier, who endeavours to honour his father's memory by finding his lost legion's golden emblem. Both early scenes and the climax of the film were shot at Finnich Glen, in a narrow 100ft gorge known as the Devil’s Pulpit. This gorge is spooky, creepy, and a deliciously dark sight to remember. There is an extremely steep, Victorian stone path to the bottom of the gorge that can be difficult to clamber down, but the photo opportunities in this dark underworld are definitely worth the effort.

Finnich Glen is one of Scotland’s hidden treasures, perfect for a lockdown adventure. Please keep other explorers safe by maintaining social distancing at all times! 

Under the Skin: Buchanan Street, Glasgow

Distance: 15.4 miles

Time: 43 minutes

Location: Buchanan Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G1 2LL, United Kingdom

Taking a break from the great outdoors, travel into Scotland’s largest city. Under the Skin tells the story of a nameless alien predator, roaming the streets of Glasgow in a van searching for unattached men to harvest their organs. Buchanan Street is one of the main streets in Glasgow’s famous shopping district, where you can hunt for upmarket deals as opposed to men’s organs. The street was used to show a dreamlike trance, displaying the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre in all its glory. Soak up the atmosphere, indulge in a little retail therapy, and enjoy the many restaurants nearby.

Whilst travellers are being asked to avoid Glasgow for the time being, this famous city is one to keep in mind for your next adventure, so you can enjoy it at its best!

Outlander: Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway

Distance: 61.1 miles

Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Location: Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, DG3 4AQ, United Kingdom

Outlander isn’t technically a movie, but the Belhurst Manor is too good to miss! Drumlanrig Castle was used to depict the manor and is also known as the ‘Pink Castle’ due to the colour of its intricate stonework. The castle has expansive gardens to roam around, although you won’t have to worry about Redcoats setting up camp in the grounds. Make sure you book a guided tour to explore the inside of the property too!

Though Drumlanrig Castle, Gardens, and Adventure Playground are now closed for the season, the car park is still accessible for those wanting to explore the areas. Take a stroll and admire the scenery or challenge yourself to an exhilarating mountain bike through the winding forest, if you dare...

Mary Queen of Scots: Hermitage Castle, Hawick

Distance: 66.8 miles

Time: 1 hour 38 minutes

Location: Hermitage Castle, Castle Road, The Scottish Borders, Scotland, TD9 0LX, United Kingdom

From one castle to another, this route to Hermitage Castle will take you past the world-famous Gretna Green. It's well worth the stop to visit the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, which has been a wedding venue since 1754. You never know, you may end up attaching a ‘Just Married!’ sign to your motorhome!

On to Hermitage Castle, the castle is seen in the film as the place where Mary seeks refuge with Bothwell. In reality, this actually is the place where Mary and Bothwell fled to. The history and rumours surrounding this encounter are fascinating, and there is plenty to learn about the murder, torture, and treason that happened here.

Although the site is closed for the meantime, it doesn’t stop you from witnessing its beauty from a distance whilst pretending you are in the movies! There are plenty of nearby walks to explore with views of the castle. 

Finish

Distance: 81.5 miles

Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Location: Swift Go Depot, Hardie Road, Livingston, Edinburgh, EH54 8BA, United Kingdom

You’ll journey through the last leg to return to the depot so be sure to make the most of the Scottish scenery along the way.

Upon arrival at the depot, handing over the motorhome could not be simpler, and we are eager to hear about all of your adventures!

Places to stay

Don’t forget, Swift Go and Experience Freedom have joined forces giving you access to the Caravan and Motorhome Club's network of over 2,700 UK and European sites. Take advantage of this fantastic offer and find a variety of fully serviced campsites to stay near any film location that suits you!