The Stirling Film Location Map is a handy route planner with suggested itineraries and information on the many world-class attractions in the area which have starred on the silver screen.
These include Doune Castle, which appears as "Castle Leoch" in the hit TV series Outlander and is also the original Winterfell in the pilot episode of the worldwide phenomenon that is Game of Thrones.
The Outlander effect has been credited with a record-breaking surge in visitors to the castle, which is owned by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), with a remarkable 226.5% increase since the popular series began. It was also one of only four places in the UK to be temporarily renamed to mark the digital download release of the final season of Game of Thrones.
Attract even more ‘set-jetters’ to the area
Convener of Stirling Council’s Finance and Economy Committee, Councillor Margaret Brisley said: “The Stirling area’s stunning surroundings, iconic buildings, unique history and accessibility make it a magnet for film and TV productions, including some of the biggest smash-hits of recent years.
“Along with the initial boost to the economy during filming, screen tourism is a growing trend as people flock to see the locations of their favourite movies and TV shows and follow in the footsteps of Hollywood stars.
“This is already bringing significant economic benefits to Stirling and this innovative map and guide will help attract even more ‘set-jetters’ to the area.”
Other film locations to feature on the leaflet include Stirling Castle, Deanston Distillery, Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, Loch Katrine, The Trossachs, Loch Venachar, East Loch Lomond and Mugdock Country Park.
They have played roles in films such as Outlaw King (2018), The Eagle (2011), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Ivanhoe (1952), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) The Angel’s Share (2012), Rob Roy (1953), Mary Queen of Scots (2018).
Magnificent landmarks, picturesque towns and villages and beautiful countryside
Vice Convener of the Finance and Economy Committee, Cllr Alison Laurie said: “While film fans are already flocking to locations across Stirling, this new map will make it easier for them to see more of our magnificent landmarks, picturesque towns and villages and beautiful countryside.
“Whether you want to take a selfie in the place where Chris Pine went into battle as Robert the Bruce in Outlaw King, see the home of the Stark family in Game of Thrones or relive where King Arthur and his band of merry knights were taunted by French soldiers in Monty Python and the Holy Grail – now you’ll know exactly where to go and how to fit it all in!”
A report in 2018 by the British Film Institute estimated that visitors to the UK spent almost £600m in film-related tourism, while research from VisitScotland told a similar story.
A must-visit destination
Jenni Steele, Film and Creative Industries Manager at VisitScotland said: “Screen tourism is huge in Scotland, with almost one in five visitors saying they were inspired to travel here after seeing our stunning landscapes and heritage on the big and small screen.
“Stirling is no exception, with Doune Castle already a must-visit destination for any discerning Outlander and Monty Python fan. Tourism is more than a holiday experience – it creates opportunities for business and communities. Initiatives like this not only help enhance the information available for visitors but encourage them to explore the different aspects of an area, spreading the benefits far and wide.”
The film location map can be downloaded from the Stirling Council website and is available on the Explore Stirling App. It can also be picked up at tourist sites across Stirling, including those featured on the guide.
Background info and picture details:
Stirling Council is the first point of contact for production companies hoping to film in the area. Officers assist in the identification of potential locations and provides information on permissions, facilities, crew, and accommodation in the Stirling area.
In recognition of the wide-ranging economic benefits, the Council is committed to bringing in more movies, TV productions and film tourists to Stirling whilst protecting the natural environment. In 2017 film production saw direct spend of over £1.08 million in the Stirling area.
Picture shows Stuart Oliver, Stirling Council’s Senior Manager, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism; Cllr Evelyn Tweed; Audrey Jones, Head of New Business at Historic Environment Scotland (HES); Shona Menzies from HESat Doune Castle, one of the locations to feature on the Stirling Film Location Map.