Friday, 9 November sees the global Netflix release of Outlaw King, the story of Robert the Bruce and the biggest ever movie made in Scotland. Film fans can then follow in the King’s footsteps, heading north to experience Scotland for themselves.
Mugdock Country Park: The location was used for filming the climactic battle between the Scots and English at Loudon Hill. Image courtesy of Netflix.
Hollywood star Chris Pine, who plays the rebellious King, has called Scotland “one of the most beautiful countries in the world”, and it isn’t difficult to see why, as Scottish locations are showcased to their photogenic best: from stunning vistas of the Highlands to medieval castles and beautiful beaches.
The epic new movie has also been described as a “love letter to Scotland” by the film’s producer, Gillian Berrie***. The film was entirely shot in Scotland, according to the nation’s geographical boundaries of the time in which it was set. Locations include Craigmillar Castle, Blackness Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Seacliff beach, Glen Coe, Dunfermline Abbey, Glasgow University and the Isle of Skye.
Pine portrays Bruce seizing the Scottish crown during the oppressive occupation of medieval Scotland by Edward I and, following the death of William Wallace, rallying an army to fight back. The story culminates in the pivotal battle of Loudon Hill. The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Cosmo, Florence Pugh, Tony Curran and Billy Howle and is directed by David MacKenzie.
Check out the following filming locations for the Outlaw King medieval Scotland experience:
Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh: Scotland’s Capital’s ‘other castle’ plays an important role in the film as Robert the Bruce’s castle and village. For a self drive itinerary of the most iconic castles in Scotland, contact us today.
Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian: In history, Linlithgow Palace was the base for Edward I during his campaigns of 1296 and 1301. It remained in English hands until it was captured by Bruce’s followers in 1313. On film, St Michael’s Chapel in the grounds of Linlithgow Palace stars as Bruce’s Castle Chapel and is where he is married to Elizabeth. Also look out for the famous fountain at Linlithgow in one scene.
Doune Castle, Stirlingshire: The castle was built as the home of Regent Albany, 'Scotland's uncrowned king'. In Outlaw King, the castle plays a pivotal role alongside the character of James Douglas where he toasts Robert the Bruce.
Glen Coe, Highlands: In Outlaw King it is seen in a sweeping shot with mountains and heather as Robert and his men make a hasty escape. Experience this famous landscape on our private day tour from Oban and be sure to bring your camera. Or if you prefer to drive yourself, let us create a bespoke itinerary so you don't miss a thing.
Blackness Castle, West Lothian: A fortress located on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, it plays a particularly dark character in the new film as Elizabeth is captured.
Glasgow University: Used as a location where Edward I is practising his archery skills and talking to his son.
Talisker and Isle of Skye: Doubles as a location where Robert and his men take refuge. We can help you plan a luxury private day tour to the Isle of Skye from Oban or a custom itinerary for a self drive day tour.
Loch an Eilean, Rothiemurchus: Used in the scene where the MacDougalls attack the boats. If you have MacDougall/McDougall ancestry, we can plan a special private tour following in the footsteps of the MacDougall clan in Argyll. Or we can help with a self drive itinerary.
Mugdock Country Park: The location was used for filming the climactic battle between the Scots and English at Loudon Hill.
Seacliff Beach, East Lothian: Located four miles east of North Berwick and overlooked by the historic Tantallon Castle, we’re not going to give away too many spoilers here, but it may have a memorable moment at the end of the film!
Other locations include Portencross, West Kilbride; Borthwick Castle near Edinburgh; and Tullibardine Chapel near Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross. For more information on films made in Scotland, go to: www.visitscotland.com/film
For a self drive itinerary of Outlaw King film locations, or a private day tour from Oban to famous film locations around Argyll, the Highlands and Islands, get in touch with our Scotland travel experts.
Outlaw King will be released globally on Netflix on Friday, 9 November available via subscription from www.netflix.com .
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