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Set In Scotland: From Harry Potter to Outlander

Many years ago I wrote a piece for the Sydney Morning Herald travel pages about “set-jetting” – a then relatively new trend where travellers would seek out the locations where their favourite movies, TV shows and, in that case, crime novels were set.

Since then it has become even bigger business with fans travelling thousands of kilometres to the places where their favourite films and TV shows were shot.

One example that we recently covered here on Mild Rover features Hobbiton in New Zealand. Meanwhile Visit Scotland has taken that cue and made the most of the many movies and TV shows – from Harry Potter to Outlander – set or filmed there.

If it’s movies that take your fancy, a brand new 52-page downloadable book called Set in Scotland, features more than 150 films that have been shot entirely or partially in Scotland – such as (bits of) Braveheart (1995), Skyfall (2012), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and The Batman (2022) – and details more than 100 film locations.

And there’s plenty of TV shows too with the latest, the new Lord of the Rings TV series, Rings of Power also being shot in Scotland.

There’s a lot to cherry pick from the locations, if you happen to be passing close by. But a day-by-day self-drive tour guide to Outlander locations gives a glamorous structure to visits for those who want to venture off the typical tourist trails and meander around the country’s villages, small towns and big cities.

You’ll find all that and much more in a brand new website : TV & Filming Locations in Scotland | VisitScotland.

This handy guide has all the location information you’ll ever need to plot out a blockbuster, screen-themed trip to Scotland for 2023.

And if you are interested in revisiting my years-old trip around the pages of crime novels and their locations, you will find Scenes of the Crimes here.

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