When it comes to British movies, usually films made in England – particularly London – get all attention. But believe it or not there’s been a lot of awesome films made and set in Scotland.
Here’s our list of top movies set in Scotland.
This is my favorite Scottish movie. It tells the story of an American who’s sent to a remote Scottish village to get them to agree to sell up so it can be developed for oil exploration. The movie may be a product of it’s time- but the irony of the movie is that the villagers can’t wait to sign on the dotted line despite living in a perceived paradise. There’s a cavalcade of interesting characters and provides an interesting look at life in early 80’s Scotland. Not to mention a great score.
Well, how can I make a list about movies in Scotland and not include Braveheart? The movie may have questionable history behind it and take much creative license but one thing is clear – this movie IS Scotland. From the rainy mountains to the gritty battle scenes, Scotland drips from this movie. Braveheart probably inspired more people to visit Scotland than any other movie.
While this movie is not exactly fine cinema – it’s still a fun movie and features many iconic Scottish sights. By far the coolest shots are of Eilean Donan Castle. There can be only one!
This movie is a gritty and realistic look at drugs in Glasgow. It’s a bit of a downer of a movie – but it’s quite good. If you’re OK being a little disturbed you’ll see Ewan McGregor’s breakout role.
I’m not a big fan of scary movies but this one is fun. A British Squad is sent on a training mission in the Highlands of Scotland against Special Operations squad. Ignoring the childish “campfire” stories heard about the area, they continue with their mission and come across the bloody remains of the Special Ops Squad, and a fierce howling is pitching the night sky… With two mortally wounded men, they make an escape, running into a zoologist by the name of Megan – who knows exactly what hunts them. What began as what they thought was a training mission turns into a battle for their lives against the most unlikely enemies they would have expected – werewolves.
This is a small but fun story. In his Scottish New Town home, gangling Gregory and his schoolfriends are starting to find out about girls. He fancies Dorothy, not least because she has got into the football team – and is a better player than him. He finally asks her out, but it is obviously the females in control of matters here, and that very much includes Gregory’s younger sister.
While the subject of this movie is very British – a large majority of it takes place in Scotland at a fictional version of the Queen’s Balmoral Castle. There’s much lovely shots of the countryside. The wildlife even plays an interesting symbolic role in the film and we get an interesting look at Scottish hunting culture.
In the highlands of Scotland in the 1700s, Rob Roy tries to lead his small town to a better future, by borrowing money from the local nobility to buy cattle to herd to market. When the money is stolen, Rob is forced into a Robin Hood lifestyle to defend his family and honor. Fine performance by Liam Neeson.
Stone of Destiny
The story of Ian Hamilton, a dedicated nationalist who reignited Scottish national pride in the 1950s with his daring raid on the heart of England to bring the Stone of Scone back to Scotland. This is a fun adventure film!
The Wicker Man (1971)
Not the Nicolas Cage remake! The original is about a police sergeant who is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there. Pretty scary movie even if it’s a little dated.
What’s your favorite movie set in Scotland? Let us know in the comments!