7 Films to watch before travelling to Scotland pt.1

Only two weeks and I will be walking braes and taking pictures of lochs, I must be prepared! Are you heading to Scotland too? Here’s a list of films about or set in those fairy lands!

#1 Braveheart, 1995


“Aye. Fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM! Alba gu bràth!”

Nominated for ten Academy Awards, Braveheart remains one of the most popular Scotland-set movies ever made, despite being mostly filmed in Ireland.

The movie is loosely based upon the life of real life historical figure William Wallace(played by Mel Gibson), who lead a rebellion against English rule in the fourteenth century. Lots of historical inaccuracies but you probably won’t mind: this film conveys deep ideals and emotion, it nourishes your soul with dreams and love for Scotland, even and particularly if you’re not Scottish. You’ll be inspired.

#Outlander, 2014


Okay, it’s not a movie.. but totally worth every minute of your time! Outlander is a TV-series starring Catriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and a bunch of some other truly talented people. The series will make you travel in space in time with Claire, the main character, who mysteriously travels from Inverness, 1945 to an adventurous 17-century Scotland.

Even if not fond of romance or time travel, watch it. Locations are breathtaking (and the acting too).

#3 Stone of destiny, 2008

'Stone Of Destiny' Film - 2008

Stone of destiny narrates the story of Ian Hamilton, a young but dedicated nationalist who reignited Scottish national pride in the 1950s with his daring raid on the heart of England to bring the Stone of Scone back to Scotland.You can’t help but sympathizing with Ian, his companions and their heroic and yet illegal quest.

#4 Brave, 2012


Redhaired, young, fierce and fearless: that’s what Merida is. I liked the movie since we don’t see the classic cliché of a princess falling for some Prince Charming: on the contrary, Brave focuses on the relationship between the princess and her mother, the difficulties two generations face when meeting and the personal growth of the heroine.

#5 Gregory’s girl, 1981

Click the pic to see a scene: it describes the film better than words!

Gregory is a teen facing the normal struggles of his first affections and social relations. This very clumsy and weird kid will surely entertain you.

#6 Harry Potter Series


Glennfinnan viaduct, Glencoe are just two of the settings used by the word famous saga, which certainly needs no presentation!

#7 One day, 2011


Starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway, the film narrates the story of two friends(or something more?) whose life events are deeply connected to a particular day: the 15th of July.

This heart-breaking movie does merit your attention for its views of Edinburgh streets and the landscapes from Arthur’s seat.

[Films aren’t listed here following quality or chronological order. Other posts with other movie advices are coming, I warn you.]


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