Our properties offer over 300 unique filming locations across Scotland.

Recent blockbusters like T2 Trainspotting, Game of Thrones and Outlander, and documentaries including Neil Oliver’s A History of Scotland have used our sites for filming.

Explore our evocative locations for film-makers, TV production companies, and corporate and educational videos. 

How to apply 

Please apply using our online filming request form

Download and read our guidelines [PDF, 102KB]

Apply online now
Alternatively you can complete our filming request form and email or post it to us.  

Fees 

The standard charge for filming at our properties is £150 + VAT per hour. This fee will be waived if we believe the filming:

  • is educational
  • promotes our organisation
  • is otherwise beneficial to our organisation

Productions that take place outside the normal opening hours for a site, or which require more of our staff to be in attendance, will also incur a Staff Cost Recovery Charge to cover our additional staffing costs.

Permission 

You must apply for permission to film at a our properties. We need at least 14 working days’ notice to ensure that permissions are in place in time for filming to go ahead. We will require more notice for complex shoots. 

Unannounced filming at our sites will not be accommodated. 

Student filming requests 

We will consider student requests to film at our sites, and may allow such filming free of charge. We recognise the educational benefit of students planning and carrying out filming projects.

All permission requirements apply equally to students, including the need for risk assessments and public liability insurance.

We will also require a letter from your lecturer, tutor or similar to confirm:

  • the necessity of the filming to your project
  • that the project forms part of an accredited course of study

Filming not considered

Not all themes for filming will be considered by Historic Environment Scotland.

Political filming 

Historic Environment Scotland is a non-departmental public body with charitable status. We look after the Properties in Care on behalf of Scottish Ministers and as such must remain strictly politically neutral at all times. 

Paranormal filming 

We do not actively promote the use of its sites for the investigation of alleged paranormal activity and we do not encourage activities that would potentially damage the integrity of the site.

Inappropriate filming 

We will not permit or accommodate requests for filming that are deemed unsuitable insofar as they do not align with the organisation’s objectives or are considered to be blasphemous, salacious or derogatory in nature.

 

Contact 

Events and Filming Team 
Historic Environment Scotland 
Longmore House 
Salisbury Place 
Edinburgh 
EH9 1SH 

Telephone: 0131 668 8885 
Email: events@hes.scot

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