The scenery of Scotland plays a starring role in a new film that has just been released. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law and Eric Bana in this latest portrayal of the legendary medieval king.
The blockbuster is the latest in a growing number of films to use Scotland’s glorious scenery as a backdrop, a trend that has been accompanied by increasing numbers of tourists searching out the locations of their favourite movies. And no wonder, when you consider some of the locations that have been chosen. From Braveheart and Bond to Outlander, Monty Python and the Da Vinci Code, Scotland could certainly win an Academy Award for its movie settings.
The iconic cliff face of the Quiraing on the Trotternish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye is one of the stunning locations in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. It’s a dramatic backdrop that has also featured in the 2015 version of Macbeth and in fantasy movie, Stardust, staring Michelle Pfeiffer. It’s a truly spectacular setting and well worth a visit, even if you haven’t seen the films.
Skye is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides and was voted fourth best island destination in the world by National Geographic magazine. There are activities aplenty on land, including fantastic walking and climbing opportunities, and at sea, plus a host of attractions offering a peak at island’s unique history. Visitors can explore Dunvegan Castle, one of the greatest Hebridean castles and the only one that has been continually occupied by the same family for 800 years. And you can quite literally walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs if you visit the beautiful beach at An Corran, Staffin to see the remarkable footprints that were left by a family of dinosaurs 160 million years ago.
There are lots of beautiful cottages to choose from when you visit Skye including Mag Findargat near Dunvegan. This pet-friendly, contemporary home sleeps 6 people and has large windows that flood the cottage with light and provide wonderful views. It is close to Dunvegan Castle and an easy walk from the award winning Three Chimneys restaurant. Prices start at £575 for 7 nights.
Or you could try Garbh Bheinn, a beautiful cottage overlooking the Sound of Sleat. Stylish and modern, it sleeps up to 7 people and 2 pets, with prices starting at £595 for a week’s stay.
No article about Scotland’s fantastic film locations would be complete without a mention of Glen Coe, arguably Scotland’s most scenic and historic glen. Its wonderful light and unpolluted atmosphere are loved by film makers from across the globe and it featured prominently in Skyfall, the 23rd Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig, and provided a stunning setting for scenes in Rob Roy and Braveheart.
Glen Coe is a haven for walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and those who simply love to stop, stare and enjoy the sight of the towering mountains. Laraichean at the Pap of Glencoe is the perfect place for doing just that with its upstairs wall of windows leading to a raised deck that has one of the best and most exclusive views across the glen. You can walk straight out of the property onto the hills, or stroll through the woods to the village. Laraichean sleeps 6 and prices start at £550 for 7 nights.
Laraichean would also be a great base for visiting another of Scotland’s best-known film locations – the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Famous to a generation of Harry Potter fans, the viaduct carried the Hogwarts Express as it transported dozens of eager young wizards to school, stopping off at Glenfinnan station en route. The Jacobite Steam train runs regularly from Glenfinnan to Fort William and Mallaig throughout the summer months, allowing fans to experience their own piece of Potter-magic.
Why not experience the set of some of the movie greats for yourself this year? Just visit our website or call 01835 822277 and speak to our friendly booking team who can help you choose the perfect cottage for your stay.