Aurora Borealis over Mull
Image: Jim Manclark
River Clyde, Glasgow
Image: Jim Manclark
In 2017, Scotland was voted the most beautiful country in the world. With scenery ranging from white sandy beaches to high rugged mountains, Scotland has it all. It is no wonder that so many films and tv series are made here.
Bishop's palace, Orkney
Forth Road Bridge
Scotland's latest achievement paid for by the Scottish government without getting into any debt. £245 million under budget.
This page shows just a minute sample of what can be seen when travelling around the country from modern architecture to ancient castles, standing stones and even the Aurora Borealis if you get lucky. As well as breathtaking views and stunning natural beauty, you can also take in fauna and flora of great beauty encompassing a myriad of colours at different times of the year.
Royal Botanic gardens
Lets not also forget the pipes and drums, the sound of bagpipes can make a Scot abroad cry just hearing them. Even hearing them at home can have the same effect for some.
Scotland is home to the world pipe band championships where 15 nations were represented at the last championships including bands from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Canada, England, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Belgium, the Netherlands and of course Scotland.
The current world champions are the Scots in the form of the Inverary and District Pipe band.
Eilean Donan Castle
Isle of Skye
Callanish Standing Stones
Drum Castle, Aberdeen
When it come to the movies, or films as we call them, there is nowhere more diverse than Scotland when it comes to locations. who can forget the scene in Highlander where Connor McLeod buries his sweetheart to the strains of Queen singing, "Who wants to live forever".
Mel Gibson's stirring speech at the battle of Stirling Bridge in Braveheart.
Or the sight of the Hogwarts express crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct among many other scenes set in Scotland.
The rough and tumble of Trainspotting looking at the drug scene in 1980's Edinburgh. With our very own hollywood stars, Ewan Mcgregor and Robert Carlyle.
The Wicker man with Ingrid Pitt and Christopher Lee, lord of Summerilse which was actually filmed on the Isle of Skye and the grounds of Culzean castle.
Even Disney couldn't keep away with their award winning animated film, Brave.
Not to be forgotten either was their live action movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, also filmed on the Isle of Skye.
Dunnottar Castle is up next with a two for one with the making of Hamlet and followed by Daniel Radcliffe switching from Harry Potter to Victor Frankenstein.
Monty Python just had to get in there somewhere. The Holy Grail was filmed extensively in Scotland. With Castle Stalker doubling as the ‘Castle of Aaarrrrgggghhhh.
When it comes to rugged beauty, The Isle of Skye's Old man of Storr was also the setting for Ridley Scott's Alien prequel, Prometheus.
Then there's the Da Vinci code filmed in and around the famous Rosslyn Chapel.
Now don't even get me started on the Tv series, but lets just say that one of the best is about to finally hit the tv screens. Outlander, set in the run up to the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. It would be a crime not to watch it.
Isle of Skye
Full moon over Tobermoray
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