Large parts of the movie were set and filmed in Scotland, with some wonderful scenic shots of the Highlands. The character of Connor is based in the village of Glenfinnan, on the shore of Loch Shiel which is what we see at the beginning of the film. This was not accurate though as these scenes were filmed at Eilean Donan Castle on the shore of Loch Duich. Loch Shiel is used for filming later on in the movie though, as well as Glencoe, Rannoch Moor and many others. The film is a real visual treat for Scottish Highland scenery.
If you wish to visit some of the locations where the movie was filmed, Timberbush Tours offer tours that take in these particular sights:
- our 2-day Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & the North West Highlands tour stops at Glencoe, Eilean Donan Castle and makes a quick trip to the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
- our 3-day Isle of Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness tour takes in many of these sights too,
- but if you’re pushed for time our 1-day Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands tour is the best way to get an overview of the stunning scenery that this film showcases.
With the news that a remake will begin filming in the next year or two, hopefully we’ll still see a lot of the wonderful locations in Scotland that were in the original. Either way, a franchise as expansive as this one all based on a Scottish Highlander is quite a nice touch…all the ones that weren’t filmed in Scotland are rubbish though!