Monday 23 October 2017

Lights, Camera, Scotland! Five top TV and movie locations for your travels

Holidays in Scotland

Hogwart's Express over the Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct
Hogwart's Express over the Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct
Isle of Skye
Life-size statue of Greyfriars Bobby
Pastel painted: Tobermory.

Tom Sweeney

Tom Sweeney jet-sets around Scotland's spectacular film and TV locations... from Harry Potter to Tobermoray!

The Hogwarts Express

There's no Platform 9¾ at Fort William station, but you can still travel on the Jacobite Steam Train, which doubled as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies. The highlight of the 84-mile round trip on the West Highland Line to Mallaig - the most scenic rail journey in the world - is crossing the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct (above). Boy wizard fans and train buffs will love every magical minute.

How: westcoastrailways.co.uk

What's the Story in Tobermory?

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Pastel painted: Tobermory.
 

The pastel-painted seaside town in children's TV favourite Balamory exists, though it's called Tobermory and is on the island of Mull. Sailing there from Oban (the hut on the pier serves the best seafood snacks in Scotland) is half the fun, as the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry cruises along sea lochs and past ancient castles. Tobermory Distillery is a big draw, and kids will adore the sea otters frolicking on the shore.

How: calmac.co.uk, tobermorydistillery.com

Faithful Bobby's dogged devotion

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Life-size statue of Greyfriars Bobby
 

Forget Scooby Doo - the best-loved dog that ever lived was Greyfriars Bobby, the cute little Skye Terrier who sat pining by his master's grave for 14 years. Bobby, who died aged 16 in 1872, was the subject of two Hollywood movies (1961 and 2005) filmed in and around Edinburgh's Greyfriars Kirkyard, where he's buried. His grave and bronze statue are among the city's top tourist attractions and, as a bonus, the family must-see National Museum is right across the street.

How: edinburghmuseums.org.uk

Swords in Skye

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Isle of Skye
 

Key scenes in new film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (opens March 24), starring Jude Law, Eric Bana and David Beckham, were shot in Wester Ross and on Skye. This is Scotland at its most spectacularly scenic and unspoiled, and a perfect area for touring. Picnic among the heather while stags play peekaboo and golden eagles glide in search of prey. All that's missing is the David Attenborough voiceover.

How: visitscotland.com, kingarthurmovie.com

PS: 007

Skyfall (2012) saw James Bond return to his estate in Glen Coe... Ian Fleming gave 007 Scottish roots as a tribute to Sean Connery.

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