Mainstream Movies Filmed in the Scottish Borders

Published on
17 March, 2024

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I hunt for all the locations of Movies that used the Scottish Borders as a Backdrop

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Mainstream Movies Filmed in the Scottish Borders

There is no doubt that the Scottish Border offers some great back drop for filming locations. Remote, untouched landscapes that could be said are stuck in time.

Fabulous period structures that still exist that have a great exteriors and interiors that are ready made to use. I guess there is also the possibility to use this area and dress it up to make it a more futuristic film set.

Lets take a look at some of the filmsthat have used the Scottish Borders….

1. The Awakening 2011

The Awakening is a 2011 British supernatural drama film directed by Nick Murphy (in his feature directorial debut) and written by Stephen Volk and Murphy. The film stars Rebecca Hall as a writer and ghost hunter who investigates the haunting of a boys’ boarding school in post-World War I England. The ensemble cast includes Dominic West, Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Imelda Staunton.

Filming Locations are given as Berwickshire

2. The Bruce 1996

The Bruce is a 1996 medieval historical film set in Scotland and England. The film focuses primarily on the rise to power of Robert I of Scotland, culminating in the Battle of Bannockburn in AD 1314.

Filming Locations are given as Peebles

3. Doors Open 2012

Doors Open is a 2012 Scottish thriller heist film directed by Marc Evans, starring Douglas Henshall, Stephen Fry, Lenora Crichlow and Kenneth Collard. It is based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Ian Rankin, about a self-made millionaire, an art professor and a banker, who come together to undertake an audacious art heist.

Filming Locations are given as the coast of the Scottish Borders

4. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes is a 1984 adventure film directed by Hugh Hudson based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel Tarzan of the Apes (1912). Christopher Lambert stars as Tarzan (though the name Tarzan is never used in the film’s dialogue)

Filming Locations are given as Floors Castle

5. Hallam Foe 2007

Hallam Foe is a 2007 British drama film directed by David Mackenzie based on the novel written by Peter Jinks. The film was released in the United States as Mister Foe. The screenplay was written by Ed Whitmore and David Mackenzie and produced by Gillian Berrie.

Filming Locations are given as Peebles

6. The House of Mirth 2000

The House of Mirth is a 2000 drama film written and directed by Terence Davies. An adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1905 novel The House of Mirth, the film stars Gillian Anderson. It is an international co-production between the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States.

Filming Locations are given as Manderston House

7. Mrs Brown 1997

Mrs Brown (also released in cinemas as Her Majesty, Mrs Brown) is a 1997 British drama film starring Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher, and Gerard Butler in his film debut. It was written by Jeremy Brock and directed by John Madden

Filming Locations are given as Duns Castle

8. Den ofrivillige golfaren 1991

Den ofrivillige golfaren, also known in English as The Accidental Golfer and The Involuntary Golfer, is a Swedish comedy film and the fourth installment of the popular Sällskapsresan series directed by Lasse Åberg. It was released to cinemas in Sweden on 25 December 1991.

Filming Locations are given as Peebles Golf Course??

9. Solomon Kane 2009

Solomon Kane is a 2009 action-adventure film based on the pulp magazine character of the same name created in 1928 by Robert E. Howard. Written and directed by M. J. Bassett, the film stars James Purefoy in the title role. Despite obtaining the rights in 1997, filming did not begin until January 2008.

Filming Locations are given as St Abbs

10. Tommy’s Honour 2016

Tommy’s Honour is a 2016 historical drama film depicting the lives and careers of, and the complex relationship between, the pioneering Scottish golfing champions Old Tom Morris and his son Young Tom Morris. The film is directed by Jason Connery, and the father and son are portrayed by Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden (Scottish Borders Native). The film won Best Feature Film at the 2016 British Academy Scotland Awards.

Filming Locations are given as Peebles 

11. Women Talking Dirty 1999

Women Talking Dirty is a 1999 British comedy film directed by Coky Giedroyc and starring Helena Bonham Carter, Gina McKee and James Nesbitt. It is an adaptation of the novel Women Talking Dirty written by Isla Dewar, who also wrote the screenplay.

The story centers on Cora and Ellen, two women who strike an unlikely friendship over their love of drinking and amidst the rakish men in their lives.

Filming Locations are given as Coldingham Bay and St Abbs

Ofcourse there has been a few Series made using the Scottish Borders as a filming location. I may do another post around this.


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