Stirling on screen

Due to its stunning scenery, iconic buildings and unique history, the Stirling area has always been popular with film & TV productions, with everything from commercials to period dramas, shorts to feature films and historical documentaries finding their perfect locations within the area.

Filming of a large-scale, Netflix production took place in the area for over 10 weeks in the autumn of 2017. Outlaw King, which tells the story of Robert the Bruce and stars Hollywood actor Chris Pine, will debut on Netflix later in 2018. Locations included Mugdock Park. On New Year’s Day 2018, as a key part of BBC One’s festive scheduling, the beautiful village of Killearn was showcased to millions of UK viewers in the family (made for TV) movie Grandpa’s Great Escape. The film was based on the popular book written by David Walliams and featured Walliams and Jennifer Saunders in the cast.

Filming for Series 1 – 4 of the popular Starz series Outlander, has taken place in various locations across Stirlingshire, with one of the primary locations of the show being Doune Castle. Doune Castle is the fictional “Castle Leoch” in the series, which is set during the Jacobite rebellion.

Doune Castle has also been used in a number of other film and television productions, including Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975) and the pilot film for A Game of Thrones (2011). Stirling University was also used in Outlander for its scenic beauty, with its stunning loch side setting and inspiring views over the Ochil Hills in the background. Airthrey Castle which is situated in the grounds of the University, which at one time was Airthrey estate, was also used during filming.

Other Stirlingshire locations featured on movie and TV screens include Blair Drummond Safari Park , NEDS (2010), The Angels’ Share (2012), What We Did on Our Holiday (2014). The villages of Doune and Drymen also appeared in What We Did on Our Holidays, starring Billy Connelly and David Tennant.

Visit our Screen Stirling website to find out more about filming in the Stirling area.

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