TEN OF THE BEST

IF THE RIGHT LO­CA­TION IS THE KEY TO A FILM’S SUC­CESS, SCOT­LAND DE­SERVES AN OS­CAR

SCOTS Heritage Magazine - - Contents -

Scot­land’s most pop­u­lar film lo­ca­tions are put un­der the spot­light

1 Ran­noch Moor

Trainspot­ting is a very in­door, ur­ban film which ex­poses cinema-go­ers to Ed­in­burgh’s druggy, seedy un­der­side. It does, how­ever, have one scenic lo­ca­tion: Cor­rour Sta­tion at Ran­noch Moor. Spud, Ren­ton and Sick­boy re­visit to pay trib­ute to Tommy in Trainspot­ting 2. Once again, the ap­peal of the wild Scot­tish land­scape is com­pletely lost on them. Cor­rour Sta­tion now has a café and B&B run by the Scot­tish Youth Hos­tel As­so­ci­a­tion.

2 MOUND, ED­IN­BURGH

Rest­less Na­tives (1985) was in a sim­i­lar vein to Bill Forsyth’s Lo­cal Hero. Two broke young men find a so­lu­tion to their money prob­lems by don­ning masks (a clown and a wolf-man) and hold­ing up tourist coaches in the High­lands. It isn’t long be­fore th­ese mod­ern-day high­way­men be­come a tourist at­trac­tion them­selves – the scene where they run down the Mound to the cheers of ador­ing crowds re­mains a truly mem­o­rable mo­ment of tar­tan cinema.

3 Culzean Cas­tle, Ayr­shire

The Wicker Man, from 1973, is still rated as one of the scari­est films of all time. The story is set in the Sum­mer Isles, in the far north-west, but is ac­tu­ally filmed in Plock­ton, Kirkcud­bright and Gatehouse of Fleet. Culzean Cas­tle stands in as the man­sion of Lord Sum­merisle (Christo­pher Lee), while the film’s night­mar­ish cli­max, when the Wicker Man is set alight, takes place at Bur­row Head in Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

4 EILEAN DONAN CAS­TLE

Eilean Donan Cas­tle has been used as a back­drop to quite a few films, but the one that stands out most is High­lander, star­ring Christo­pher Lam­bert and Sean Con­nery. The fan­tasy ac­tion film from 1986 tells the story of Con­nor MacLeod, one of a se­lect band of im­mor­tal war­riors. The cas­tle at Kyle of Lochalsh is the dra­matic set­ting as Con­nor and his clans­men set out for bat­tle. Con­nor is wounded, ap­par­ently fa­tally, but when he fully re­cov­ers the next day (thanks to that handy im­mor­tal­ity), his friends turn against him and he is ban­ished from the vil­lage.

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