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Hire a Venue - Film locations

Film locations throughout Scotland

Filming of Shoe Box Zoo  at Tantallon Castle
With a wide portfolio of evocative ancient monuments and historic buildings in our care, Historic Scotland provides ideal locations for movie makers, TV programmes and for corporate and educational productions.

Our permission is needed to film, photograph and broadcast at these locations.

Examples of productions that have featured our sites


Historic Scotland site Production About the production
Blackness Castle Doomsday Futuristic thriller with Bob Hoskins
Edinburgh Castle Rebus ITV Drama
Inchmahome Priory The Flying Scotsman With Jonny Lee Miller
Edinburgh Castle NEXTmas commercial Christmas commercial by Next Retailers
Holyrood Park Greyfriars Bobby With Christopher Lee, Gina McKee, Greg Wise
Edinburgh Castle Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J K Rowling book launch and international media event
Edinburgh and Stirling castles Restoration 2 BBC History programme
Doune, Blackness and Craigmillar Castles Ivanhoe With Christopher Lee
Crichton Castle Rob Roy With Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange
Blackness Castle Hamlet With Mel Gibson
Doune Castle Monty Python and the Holy Grail With the Python team
Glasgow Cathedral Taggart SMG crime drama

Promoting Scotland's rich heritage

Historic Scotland is committed to working with production partners to ensure that Scotland is perceived as a desirable destination for locations and film production.

The agency has developed close working relationships with Scottish Screen and the network of organisations involved in promoting Scotland as a filming destination.

It also has an excellent track record in working with film-makers to accommodate their requests, whilst ensuring that visitors to its properties and sites are not inconvenienced, and their expectations of visits to these wonderful historic attractions are not comprised by ongoing filming.

Find a location

Historic Scotland cares for over 300 sites that offer ideal locations for filming, photographing and broadcasting.

How to hire a location

Once you submit your filming or photography requirements to us, we will contact you to discuss whether we will be able to accommodate your request, clearing arrangements and applicable fees.