Looking for some epic, enchanting, endearing Scottish movies to prepare you for your visit to Scotland? I've rounded up my 'favourite' movies, from Edinburgh to the Scottish Highlands, to get you prepared for a trip!
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Looking for the best movies set in Scotland?
One of the best ways to get in the right mindset for a trip 'across the pond' is watching movies set in the place you intend to visit.
From the medieval grandeur of Edinburgh to the grandiose natural splendor of the Scottish Highlands, there's a lot of fall in love with 'north of the border.' I don't think any country has bewitched me as quickly or as thoroughly as Scotland, and I hope you'll feel the same.
Thankfully for you, my soon-to-be Scottish travelers, there is a constant stream of content set in Scotland to keep you occupied. Films about stunningly the romantic span of Scottish history have been incredibly popular for several decades and that trend doesn't show any signs of slowing down.
I've rounded up the best films set in Scotland to get you prepared for your trip.
So pour yourself a 'cuppa' (or a whisky) and let's discuss!
11+ Enchanting Movies Set in Scotland to Watch Before Visiting
Epic, Historic Movies Set in Scotland
The Classic: Braveheart (1995)
When people think "movies about Scotland," they think Braveheart. While it no doubt has its flaws, both in historical accuracy and in casting choices, it still tops the list, as it's one of the most famous films of the 20th century. Based on the true story of the greatest Scottish warrior William Wallace, starting in the 13th century, Mel Gibson leads the battle against King Edward's English Army in the first war of Scottish independence. Sophie Marceau and Catherine McCormack star as Wallace's love interests. Brian Cox as Wallace's uncle.
The Original: Rob Roy (1995)
Contemporaneous with Braveheart, Rob Roy (1671-1734), based on the novel of the same name by Sir Walter Scott
Staring Liam Neeson, Tim Roth, Jessica Lange, John Hurt, the film follows the story of local hero Rob Roy chaffes under the English power. Roy's father had joined the First Jacobite rising (1689) - the second, more well-known "rising" took place in 1745, culminating in the Battle of Culloden, depicted in Outlander.
Between these two risings, Roy clashes with local officials in an attempt to carve out a place for the Scots.
Extra Credit: Outlander
The quintessential Scottish show of this decade deserves a mention on this list even thought it's...ok, it's a TV show. It's not a movie. But you just simply need to watch Outlander. Follow the impossibly romantic story of Claire, a WWII-era English nurse who's transported back-in-time during a stay in Inverness. In the 18th century Scottish Highlands, she meets Jamie Frasier, a Scottish nobleman who rescues her from her husband's unscrupulous ancestor, Black Jack Randall. Claire falls in love not only with Frasier, but with the Highlands, and, using her 20th-century knowledge of the desolation that's about to befall the Highlanders in the aftermath of the '45, works with Frasier, attempting to thwart Bonnie Prince Charlie's ambitions and save the Highlands. (A must-watch if you'll be visiting Fort William).
Outlander has run for an impressive 7 seasons and yes, both of the stars have stayed the entire time. Enjoy.
The Netflix Original: Outlaw King (2018)
Like 1995, 2018 was sort of a banner year for stories about the Scottish monarchy. Outlaw King covers much of the same era as Braveheart (14th century), as it follows Robert the Bruce during his interactions with Wallace, and in the aftermath of Wallace's death. Staring big names Chris Pine and Florence Pugh, there's also an appearance from fan-favorite James Cosmo, of Braveheart fame. Expect sweeping battles, grimy extras, and, don't worry, a bit of a love story.
The Feminine Perspective:
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