Lonely Planet Writer

Outlaw King and its authentic locations are a 'love letter to Scotland'

If you’ve already watched Netflix’s latest feature-length offering Outlaw King, you’ll know the star of the show isn’t Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce but rather the stunning landscapes of Scotland which are shown off to full, glorious effect in the cinematography. With Scotland’s tourism industry booming thanks to film and television, many are gearing up for the ‘Netflix effect’ to hit in full force.

Chris Pine and Florence Pugh star in the new Netflix epic. Photo by Netflix

The film, which was released worldwide on Friday 9 November, charts the life of famous Scottish warrior – and later king – Robert de Bruce from 1304 to 1307. The real-life historical figure is one of Scotland’s most famous people and the film itself was entirely filmed in the country, with its geographical boundaries at the time the events took place. It is the largest feature film to ever be made in the country, filming in more than 20 locations.

Glen Coe in the Highlands featured when Robert was escaping with his men. Photo by marco wong/Getty Images

There are certainly no shortage of historical locations to visit. Castles used as locations in the movie include: Craigmillar Castle, Doune Castle, Blackness Castle, Borthwick Castle and Linlithgow Palace. If your eye was taken more with the sweeping vista shots, Glen Coe in the Highlands, Seacliff Beach in East Lothian and the Isle of Skye will look familiar.

The film’s producer Gillian Berrie called the movie a “love letter to Scotland” and there are already tours popping up to give fans a sweeping overview of some of the locations. Private Tours Edinburgh run a half-day tour which will give film-lovers a taste of the action at three different locations.

Seacliff Beach is the location of film’s last scene (no spoilers though!) Photo by Kathy Collins

Jenni Steele of Visit Scotland said in a statement: “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. [It] 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.”

A survey from the Scottish tourist board said that 20% of visitors had been inspired to visit Scotland because of film or television. Outlander – who’s fourth season is currently airing – is thought to be responsible for part of the boom in recent years. Mary Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan is due to be released in December and also features some Scottish locations so it’s unlikely the country’s booming film tourism industry will slow down anytime soon.