Cinematic Adventures: Four Iconic Movie Scenes You Can Visit In Scotland

With its assortment of quaint towns and awe-inspiring highlands, Scotland seems like a hotspot for scouts. So it’s no surprise that various locations in Scotland appear in some of the most iconic movie scenes of all time.

Whether you are traveling to Scotland for vacation or to study for a degree in business management, you can explore the country. Here are four iconic scenes from movies shot across Scotland so you can experience your favorite cinematic moments.

Trainspotting (1996)

First on our list is Trainspotting. Based on Irvine Welsh’s novel, this film is the cult classic that catapulted Ewan McGregor to stardom.

The opening scene of Trainspotting is arguably the most iconic. Renton and Spud sprint through Edinburgh away from the John Menzies bookstore following a robbery. The stage features the iconic Princes Street, dominated by spectacular castles and cathedrals. Dodging the cars and the chasing police, they trample the cobblestone ground to the beat of Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life”.

As they roam the famous streets of Edinburgh, the memorable ‘Choose Life’ monologue reminds viewers to live life at high speed. Whether it’s buying washing machines or spending time with friends and family, choose to refrain from Renton’s harmful behavior and remember to live your life.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a magical family film that stimulates the imagination of young and old alike. The Harry Potter films are shot in many locations across the UK, from Professor McGonagall’s classroom in Durham to the Hogwarts Express in Scotland.

While the Scottish countryside features in several Harry Potter films, the second film in the series offers exceptional views of the landscape. The iconic Chamber of Secrets scene shot in Scotland is Harry and Ron’s journey to Hogwarts. After Dobby sabotages the entrance to Platform 9 ¾, the boys are unable to board the Hogwarts Express. They come to the very illogical conclusion that an illegal flying car is the only way to get to school.

The flight goes smoothly until they have a brutal encounter with the steam train. Harry nearly falls out of the blue Ford Anglia as the boys wade through the sky. All in the legendary setting of the Glenfinnan viaduct. With Ron’s hilarious cries against the serenity of the Scottish Highlands, it’s no surprise this scene is so memorable.

Although the Hogwarts Express is parked at Warner Brother Studios, you can travel from Fort William to Mallaig on the Jacobite and see the Glenfinnan Viaduct for yourself! Make the most of your university experience and discover the fascinating Scottish highlands this winter.

The “Da Vinci Code (2006)

Next on our list of iconic movie scenes shot in Scotland is The “Da Vinci Code. It’s an action-packed movie perfect for thrill seekers and mystery seekers. The film was shot in several locations, from Belvoir Castle near Leicestershire to Westminster Abbey in London. The film’s climax takes place about 10 miles from Edinburgh at Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin. Robert and Sophie (the protagonists) walk towards the Chapel of Greatness through dense forest and tumultuous hills. Inside, they discover the last clue to conclude the mysterious thriller: the Star of David.

While the aerial shot of Rosslyn Chapel features a miniature replica, that doesn’t stop you from visiting the filming location. At the time of filming, the building was under construction and could not be shot in all its glory. Fortunately, you can see the interior as pictured and see the movie theater screen come to life.

Immerse yourself in Scottish history and visit Roslyn Chapel this winter. Expert tour guides will lead you through the wonders of the chapel, from the meticulously carved stone to works of art dating back to 1446.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War continues the epic battle between the Avengers and Thanos. As the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this film will go down in history for exceeding all of our expectations. It has been shot in a number of locations around the world, including the beloved Scotland.

The production – which lasted seven weeks and comprised of more than 400 work crew members – is the largest ever shoot in Edinburgh city center. At the start of the film, Thanos sends Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive to murder Wanda and Vision. The fight of these characters, later joined by other members of the Avengers, sends shockwaves through the streets of Edinburgh. Wanda is even thrown across Cockburn Street, crashing through the window of Laila’s Mediterranean restaurant.

Avengers: Infinity War took full advantage of Edinburgh’s scenic potential. Everything from the quaint shops of Cockburn Street to St Giles’ Cathedral and Waverley Station was filmed for production. Visit Edinburgh to see if the cobbled streets are as picturesque as they look on the big screen.

Scotland is full of cinematic adventures. Take a break and explore the wonders the country has to offer. While you’re at it, don’t forget to take in the serene views and recreate your favorite movie scenes.


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Andrea G. Henderson