The deserted landscape surrounding Hermitage Castle adds to its bleak and haunting character. Discover the bloody history of the borderlands between Scotland and England, in which this castle played a key role as a stronghold and changed hands many times.
With commanding views of Bass Rock and the North Sea, this weather-beaten castle cannot help but inspire. Discover the commanding aesthetic and intriguing history of Tantallon Castle, a short journey east of Edinburgh.
Known as ‘the ship that never sailed’, Blackness Castle has a special aesthetic and has appealed to filmmakers for its versatile spaces both interior and exterior. A stone’s throw from Edinburgh, it also has good mains connectivity in both the visitor centre and the castle itself.
Sometimes called Edinburgh’s ‘other castle’, Craigmillar has courtyards, stairwells, nooks and rooftop access. With good mains connectivity in both the visitor centre and the castle and easy access to the amenities of Scotland’s capital city it is easy to see why Craigmillar has proven popular with filmmakers.
Caerlaverock's aesthetic epitomises a medieval stronghold and although the masonry is ruinous in many areas, the aspect of the main entrance, complete with modern drawbridge is well preserved. Its structure and moat is unique in the British Isles. Caerlaverock is a truly magical setting.
Ruthven Barracks are bleak but beautiful. Located on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands and with a complex history connected to the Jacobite uprisings, Ruthven is a truly Scottish location with surprisingly good access just off a major arterial road.
Set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Clyde, Dumbarton is an imposing and well-preserved military stronghold. At Dumbarton you’ll also find archways, stairways, lawns, cannons and outbuildings. With good mains connectivity and great proximity to Glasgow, Dumbarton is an excellent location.
Tullibardine is a rare and well-preserved example of a medieval chapel that survived the Reformation. Set amongst trees and a graveyard, Tullibardine’s exterior is peaceful, while the interior offers versatile space and intriguing details in the stonework.
This malt whisky distillery has been left untouched since its closure in 1983, and all fixed plant and machinery remains in place. Fascinating on the inside, Dallas Dhu also has a picturesque look on the outside and good mains connectivity throughout its multiple buildings.
Doune Castle is a classic choice for filmmakers and well-versed in hosting major productions. With a recently upgraded electrical supply to the castle and good facilities in outbuildings, Doune is both versatile and stunning.
Newark Castle, on the Firth of Clyde, boasts some of the best preserved examples of Renaissance detailing and is architecturally complete for a ‘finished’ look. With power and water throughout, restored internal spaces and great proximity to Glasgow, Newark offers good potential for filming projects.
Dirleton Castle is a hidden gem, just east of Edinburgh. The gardens are as impressive as the castle with some areas of bright flowers and others with manicured lawn and topiary. A large and well-preserved dovecot is also a highlight. The imposing entrance with archway and drawbridge mean that Dirleton has a lot to offer visually.
Huntly has details and stonework from multiple periods, resulting in a varied and unique appearance. Some surrounding areas are ruinous but many internal spaces are well preserved, offering good options to a filmmaker.
Jedburgh Abbey is one of multiple historic abbeys within close distance of each other in the Scottish Borders region. Each Abbey offers something slightly different but with similar aesthetics, and Jedburgh is particularly impressive.
Parts of Aberdour Castle date from the 12th century, yet overall the site offers good infrastructure to prospective filmmakers, including ample parking. Some parts are ruinous, some rooms are exposed stone, while others are well-restored – a versatile site.
Claypotts is a quirky little castle with a surrounding grassy area, whose well-restored indoor spaces with fixtures, furniture and features would offer interesting options to a filmmaker. There are even options for electrical connectivity in the internal spaces. The Dundee city location means good access to amenities.