9 Scottish castles made famous on the silver screen

Scotland is famous around the world for its historic castles, and there’s little doubt that Hollywood has helped along the way.

Dunottar Castle

After all, if you were in charge of a film production company, why would you commit to building an expensive scale replica of an ancient fortress, when you could come to Scotland and have your actors experience the real deal?

From the memorable appearance of Doune Castle in Monty Python and the Holy Grail to the use of Craigmillar and Blackness castles in more recent epics, we take a look at 9 Scottish castles that have been made world famous by their inclusion in popular movies down the decades.

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It's probably easier to name the movies Eilean Donan hasn't appeared in. The ancient fortress is today one of the most photographed in Scotland, and it's not hard to see why. Since the 1940s, Eilean Donan has starred in a string of movies, including blockbusters such as Highlander (1986), Loch Ness (1996), and The World Is Not Enough (1999).

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The ancestral home of the MacLean clan, Duart Castle starred in 1999's Entrapment with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It has also appeared in When Eight Bells Toll (1971), and I Know Where I'm Going (1945).
A mecca for Monty Python fans since its inclusion in the 1975 hit Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Doune Castle has firmly established itself as a prime location for directors on the hunt for historic backdrops. In recent years it has also appeared in Game of Thrones, Outlander, and Outlaw King.
Perched precariously atop a rugged, rocky outcrop on the Aberdeenshire coast, Dunottar Castle has long fired the imaginations of writers. It's said Dunottar inspired the makers of Disney Pixar's Brave when designing their own digital castle. The real-life fortress has appeared in a number of films, including Hamlet (1990), and Victor Frankenstein (2015).
If it wasn't for Blackness Castle, we'd probably have no Braveheart. Mel Gibson and Glen Close filmed here for the 1990 epic Hamlet. Blackness sure has a lot to answer for.
It might not be as famous as Edinburgh's other castle, but what Craigmillar Castle lacks in picture postcard renown, it more than makes up for in the movie star stakes. You will recognise from television productions, including Outlander and Ivanhoe, but the castle also starred in the Netflix hit Outlaw King.
Plenty of Scots castle have appeared in American movies, but how many can claim stardom in a Bollywood hit? Tantallon was used in Indian musical Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). The castle also made an appearance in Under the Skin (2013), starring Scarlett Johansson.
Castle Fraser famously took centre stage in an episode of Most Haunted in 2009, but the supposedly cursed castle was also used as a filming location in The Queen (2006), staring Helen Mirren.
Culzean Castle was used in The Wicker Man (1973) as the home of Lord Summerisle. It has also appeared in The Queen (2006), and the Hindi language epic Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001).

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