Glen Etive, Scotland

Scotland’s landscape and cities have starred in many Hollywood movies. We take you on a journey around some of the most iconic film locations in Scotland and recommend where to stay to see them all!

Avenger's Infinity War - Edinburgh

The only location used outside the studio for filming, Edinburgh’s stunning Old Town was the backdrop for key scenes in Avengers Infinity War. The Royal Mile, Cockburn Street, St Giles Cathedral and Waverley Station all take centre stage as Captain America, Black Widow and Vision battle the evil Thanos for supremacy. 

Avenger's Infinity War - Edinburgh
Photo credit: Marvel Studios 2018.

Where to stay - The High Street, Edinburgh

We’ve got the perfect place for Avengers fans to stay – it’s right around the corner from where these epic scenes were filmed! Slap bang in the heart of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, this 2-bed flat is packed with historic details. Inside, expect tasteful yet traditional decor and luxury living that offers the perfect base from which to explore Edinburgh. We also recommend a visit to Forbidden Planet on South Bridge for all the Avengers merch you could possibly want!

The High Street, Edinburgh
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Harry Potter - Glenfinnan

Glenfinnan Viaduct is instantly recognisable to Harry Potter fans, as filming of the second and third Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban took place here. Who can forget the sight of the Hogwarts Express crossing the viaduct and calling in at Glenfinnan?!

Glennfinnan, Scotland
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Invernesshire, Scotland

Where to stay - The Caledonian Cabin

The Caledonian Cabin at Invergarry is just a short drive from Glenfinnan. Handcrafted in Canada from Giant Western Red Cedar logs, this luxury lodge sits amongst secluded woodland, just 50 metres from the tranquil shores of Loch Garry and overlooking a babbling burn. Inside, the cabin provides sheer luxury for up to six guests, plus there’s a hot tub on the deck to make your stay complete. Guests can also make use of canoes, paddle-boards and a rowing boat to explore! 

Caledonian Cabin and Hot Tub
Photo credit: TravelNest / The Caledonian Cabin

The Da Vinci Code - Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel became famous thanks to Dan Brown’s international bestseller, The Da Vinci Code, which was made into a movie in 2006. The mysterious and atmospheric Rosslyn Chapel was the location of some intense scenes featuring stars Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, who were investigating a murder at Notre Dame and followed a trail of clues that led them to Rosslyn. Movie fans from around the world flock to visit this incredible location, and you can too.

Rosslyn Chapel
Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Scotland

Where to stay - Mauldslie Hill Cottage

This beautifully restored, contemporary farm cottage is just a few minutes drive from Rosslyn Chapel. It’s located on a working deer farm overlooking the Moorfoot Hills just outside Edinburgh. A child and pet-friendly choice, the cottage is an ideal base for families, with three bedrooms, a lovely open plan kitchen/living area, a wood-burning stove and cosy conservatory.

Mauldslie Hill Cotttage
Photo credit: TravelNest / Mauldslie Hill Cottage

Skyfall - Glen Etive

Starring Daniel Craig as 007, the action centres around Skyfall House, Bond’s ancestral family home in isolated Glencoe. In a iconic scene from the movie, Bond drives his Aston Martin under brooding skies along a windswept, desolate road surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. This was filmed in Glen Etive. 

Glen Etive, Scotland
Glen Etive, Scotland

Where to stay - Sithean House

Sithean is a beautifully designed family-friendly and completely unique house. in Taynuilt. It’s secluded and peaceful, accommodating six to eight people. The elevated decking area commands spectacular views across Loch Etive and the ‘Shepherds of Glencoe’ to the North, Ben Cruachan to the East, Morvern to the West and Barguillean Hill to the South. As well as three generous bedrooms there is also a sauna, wood-burning stove and underfloor heating throughout to keep the whole family cosy! 

Sithean Self-Catering, Scotland
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Snow White and the Huntsman - Skye

With its misty skies, ice-blue waters and desolate hills, it’s easy to see why the Isle of Skye was chosen as the backdrop for dark fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron. Key scenes were shot at The Old Man of Storr, and the Quiraing rock formation also featured as the landscape between the enchanted forest and the snow forest. Skye was also chosen by top director Ridley Scott for his sci-fi masterpiece Prometheus with striking rocky landscape of Storr again taking centre stage. 

Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye
The Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye

Where to stay - Bird Song Bothy

Bird Song Bothy is just as cute and cosy as its name suggests. Situated in Colbost on the western fringes of the island, the property benefits from stunning views out across Loch Dunvegan. Sleeping two, this compact yet comfortable bothy is flooded with natural light and features a sea view balcony to make the most of the beautiful setting. 

Bird Song Bothy, Colbost, Isle of Skye
Photo credit: TravelNest / Bird Song Bothy, Colbost, Isle of Skye

Chariots of Fire - St Andrews

The huge windswept expanse of West Sands in St Andrews was used to portray Broadstairs in Kent for one of the best-known scenes in Chariots of Fire. In the memorable opening scene, runners in white t-shirts race barefoot on the sand as waves break close by. Based on a true story, Chariots of Fire is an Oscar-winning tale of two runners who compete in the 1924 Paris Olympics.

West Sands, St Andrews
West Sands, St Andrews

Where to stay - Maple Cottage

Located just 15 minutes from the bustling town of St Andrews, Maple Cottage is a luxurious one bedroomed property which makes the perfect romantic getaway. Set in the peaceful Fife countryside, Maple Cottage has a spectacular super-king-size four-poster bed, free-standing bath, private hot tub, and a wood-burning stove. 

Maple Cottage, St Andrews
Photo credit: TravelNest / Solid Luxury Cottages and Lodges

World War Z - Glasgow

In 2013, Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt brought Glasgow to a standstill, as he was in town to shoot scenes for World War Z, a dramatic zombie thriller movie. A number of city centre streets and George Square featured in dramatic crash scenes, with Glasgow’s famous architecture, wide roads and grid layout being a dead ringer for the US city of Philadelphia, where the movie is set. 

World War Z, Glasgow
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Where to stay - Merchant's Apartment

This is a super modern apartment located in Glasgow’s bustling city centre on the edge of the trendy Merchant City. Sleeping up to six, it’s a spacious two-bedroom apartment decorated to an immaculate standard throughout. With chic bars and restaurants right on the doorstep, this apartment is the perfect base from which to explore this vibrant city.

Merchant's Apartment, Glasgow
Photo credit: TravelNest / Merchant's Apartment, Glasgow

The Dark Knight Rises - The Cairngorms

When the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises was released, The Cairngorms were instantly recognisable as a CIA plane, soon to be hijacked by supervillain Bane, soars across the Scottish Highlands. Parachute stunts for the movie were also filmed in nearby Glenfeshie. The Cairngorms were also chosen for the latest Bond movie – No Time to Die, which is Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007. Filming took place around Aviemore, at Ardverikie House Estate and on the banks of Loch Laggan.

The Cairngorm Mountains

Where to stay - Mountain View Lodge

Located in the heart of the Cairngorms, Mountain View Lodge is a simply incredible property just miles from Kingussie and 12 miles from Aviemore. Commanding stunning views in every direction, Mountain View can sleep up to 10 guests. With it’s huge cathedral ceiling in the living area, ultra modern kitchen, hot tub, sauna and games room, this property will not disappoint! The wilds of the Cairngorms are right on your doorstep with many great walking and bike tracks accessible from your doorstep.

Mountain View Lodge, The Cairngorms
Photo credit: TravelNest / Mountain View Lodge

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