The importance of Location

We all know that when buying a new home that Location, Location, Location is the most important thing.  You have to think about how close you are to work, schools, family and even shops.  It is such an important decision to make as it impacts on all areas of your life.  As an online business being close to work isn’t a big problem for us, we could be based anywhere in the UK as long as we have good access to a post office. As a business I do know the importance of getting the correct address, services such as PCA Predict Address Verification can ensure we get the correct details when you’re online shopping.  This got us thinking about other area where the correct location is important.  In films the correct location can be a deal breaker, you need that iconic shot to make the film stand out.  Do you know where some of the iconic British films are actually shot?  #SeenOnTheScreen

We are based in Dunblane, Central Scotland which is a lovely location to bring up a family in.  We live in a small town with good schools nearby and are close to the beautiful Trossachs with lots of breathtaking scenery nearby.  I just had to add this picture from a recent walk with our girls, it shows the stunning scenery just a short drive from ourselves.  We really are lucky that we can live where we do and still be less than an hour away from the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Central Scotland

Film Locations

Some of the most Iconic films in recent years have been filmed in Scotland due to the stunning scenery and history in the area.  There have been scenes from the James Bond Skyfall movie, Churchill and even World War Z in recent years.  One of the most iconic scenes must be from Harry Potter with the train over the viaduct.  If you want you can actually take the steam train trip yourself as the Jacobite steam train runs from Glenfinnan to Fort William and Mallaig in summer months with regular trains available the rest of the year.
Harry Potter Glenfinan Viaduct
We are also lucky that one of Scotland’s most famous castles is on our doorstep, it has been seen in lots of films but I bet very few of you know it’s name ?
doune castle

Doune Castle

Doune Castle

This is Doune Castle which was built in the late 1300s by “Scotland’s uncrowned king”, the 1st Duke of Albany, and was once the home of the earls of Moray.  It features a 100ft high gate house which includes a Lord’s Hall with musician’s gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen as well as spiral stairways, dark cellars and a large open courtyard.  It is only 5 miles from our home and has lovely grounds beside the river for a Sunday stroll.

You may have seen it before though as it is a popular filming location and has featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones and is Castle Leoch in Outlander.  According to the Moffat Centre’s Visitor Attraction Monitor, between 2014, when Outlander first aired, and 2016, Doune Castle has had an unprecedented 91.8 per cent increase in visitors.  It is still a bit off the main tourist track and is never too busy however they are having to increase the size of the car park and visitor centre to cope with demand.  You can visit the castle and take a guided audio tour narrated by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame.  Remember to check beforehand that it won’t be closed for filming though !

Castle Leoch

Monty Python

The castle has always been a draw for Monty python fans from around the world and still hosts an annual Monty Python Day in September, when fans bring coconut shells to mimic horses’ hooves, just as King Arthur and his faithful servant, Patsy did in the film’s opening scene.  They still sell coconuts in the shop and that film came out in 1975.

The Outlaw King

The latest filming to take place has been the Outlaw King for Netflix based on the story of Robert the Bruce.  It is a true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.  His decisive victory over Edward II’s army at Bannockburn in 1314 finally won the freedom he had struggled for. Bruce was King of Scotland from 1306 – 1329.  You can still visit the battlefield at Bannockburn where there is a great interactive visitor centre where you can help to decide the outcome of the battle.  The statue below is at the site of the battlefield.

Robert the bruce

I missed the film crews on location but here is a sneak preview from Instagram of the set being created earlier this year.  There were lots of trailers and tents set up nearby to cater for the crew so it looks like it is going to be a big budget production.   One of our neighbours was an extra as he had a suitably manly beard to pass as a 12th century soldier.  Remember to look out for Doune castle if you are watching the film.

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We would love to hear if you have any famous locations close to where you live, let me know in the comments below:  #SeenOnTheScreen

14 thoughts on “The importance of Location

  1. Jessica Taylor Reply

    Wow these views are stunning. I have never seen any famous locations, but I would love to one day!

  2. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh Reply

    I would love to ride that train, being as we are huge Harry Potter fans! I’d also love to visit some of these beautiful locations.

  3. Nellwyn Reply

    These locations look beautiful! Living in downtown Toronto there are quite a few famous locations nearby, I can see the CN tower from my balcony for example. However, the landscape here isn’t nearly as beautiful as your pictures.

  4. Holly B Reply

    WOW!What gorgeous photos! You are so right it’s about location. It impacts pretty much your whole life.

  5. Dana Peller Reply

    There’s nothing more beautiful than finding the right location to enjoy a moment with those you love. Scotland has some beautiful views.

  6. Jen Walker Reply

    These views are spectacular! I haven’t been to Scotland since I was a little girl, and this really makes me want to plan a visit soon!

  7. Amber Myers Reply

    So cool! I always love checking out movie locations. Monty Python is hilarious.

  8. Paula Bendfeldt Reply

    That is very cool. This is such a beautiful location, no wonder it has been picked for so many movies.

  9. Rosey Reply

    We saw the spot where the chariot races were run for Ben Hur. 🙂 I love your pictures here.

  10. Hannah Marie Reply

    All the photos are beautiful! You’re are in the best location, I am jealous.

  11. Savannah Pham Reply

    These are amazing photos! Makes me wish I was there this time of year. Location is definitely an important thing especially when it comes to taking photos.

  12. Emman Damian Reply

    I think location really plays an important role in making a film more realistic. It brightens up the story.

  13. Leo T. Ly Reply

    I don’t live close to any famous or historical structures. However, I am about an hour and a half from Niagara Falls. It’s a great tourist attraction in Canada.

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