Scotland on Screen: Outlaw King

Wed 31 Oct 18

Biggest film made on Scottish turf “a love letter to Scotland”

Epic locations and sweeping vistas provide travel inspiration

Friday, 9 November sees the global Netflix release of Outlaw King, the story of Robert the Bruce and the biggest ever movie made in Scotland. Film fans can then follow in the King’s footsteps and experience Scotland for themselves.

Hollywood star Chris Pine, who plays the rebellious King, has called Scotland “one of the most beautiful countries in the world”, and it isn’t difficult to see why, as Scottish locations are showcased to their photogenic best: from stunning vistas of the Highlands to medieval castles and beautiful beaches.

The epic new movie has also been described as a “love letter to Scotland” by the film’s producer, Gillian Berrie. The film was entirely shot in Scotland, according to the nation’s geographical boundaries of the time in which it was set. Locations include Craigmillar Castle, Blackness Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Seacliff beach, Glen Coe, Dunfermline Abbey, Glasgow University and the Isle of Skye.

Pine portrays Bruce seizing the Scottish crown during the oppressive occupation of medieval Scotland by Edward I and, following the death of William Wallace, rallying an army to fight back. The story culminates in the pivotal battle of Loudon Hill. The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Cosmo, Florence Pugh, Tony Curran and Billy Howle and is directed by David MacKenzie.

With one in five visitors inspired to come to Scotland after seeing it on the big or small screen, visitor numbers are expected to grow further with the release of Outlaw King.

Jenni Steele, Film and Creative Industries Manager at VisitScotland, said: “It’s an exciting time for screen tourism in Scotland. It is the country’s unique mix of stunning landscapes, rich heritage and fascinating stories which make it an irresistible draw for film makers.

“Robert the Bruce is a Scottish icon whose story enthrals visitors from across the globe and we’re excited to see so much of Scotland on screen in Outlaw King and streaming straight into the homes of millions of Netflix subscribers.

“The Outlaw King presents an excellent opportunity for the Scottish tourism industry to turn viewers into visitors, especially as Scotland offers film fans the unique chance to not only walk in the footsteps of its on-screen stars but also those of their real-life counterparts.”

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