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Top ten Outlaw King filming locations released by VisitScotland

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9 November 2018 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 follow in the king’s footsteps, with the help of VisitScotland's pick of top filming locations.

The epic new movie has 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. 
 

Chris 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.

QUICK LINK: Robert the Bruce & the Battle of Banockburn

 

Top ten Outlaw King filming locations

Plan your own medieval experience, with VisitScotland's pick of filming locations you can visit:

1. Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital’s ‘other castle’ plays an important role in the film as Robert the Bruce’s castle and village.

2. 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. 

3. 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.

QUICK LINK: Facts about Doune Castle - Castle Leoch in Outlander

4. 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. 

5. 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.

6. Glasgow University

Used as a location where Edward I is practising his archery skills and talking to his son.

7. Talisker and Isle of Skye

Doubles as a location where Robert and his men take refuge.

8. Loch an Eilean, Rothiemurchus

Used in the scene where the McDougalls attack the boats.

9. Mugdock Country Park

The location was used for filming the climactic battle between the Scots and English at Loudon Hill. 

10.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!

For more information on films made in Scotland, go to VisitScotland's website.

(text and video courtesy of VisitScotland, image © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0) 

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