A romantic love affair with The Highlands of Scotland in 8 movies

Hollywood movies, whether we like it or not, are responsible for a great deal of how we see the world. Movies and TV have given us a popularised view of...

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Hollywood movies, whether we like it or not, are responsible for a great deal of how we see the world.

Movies and TV have given us a popularised view of the Highlands of Scotland. And it's not without just cause either. For surely no one can deny the breath-taking beauty of The Highlands, and the passion that those views stir within the heart? The Highlands of Scotland are a place to love and be loved in return; a place to release unbridled passion, be that for another person, a place, or an ideal!

Some of these films may cause us to cringe a little today, but back in the day, they were cutting-edge, passionate, full of adventure, passion, hope, and love.

This weekend, why don't you hit the sofa, with a box of haggis-flavoured popcorn and binge-watch the lot. Including the whole 6 movies in the Highlander series of films, and the entire burgeoing box-set of the immensely popular Outlander series. By Sunday night, you'll have one foot up on the end of the sofa, a woman (or a man) wrapped up in one arm, and the other arm stretched up high above your head, wielding the remote control to the sky — and crying "Freedom!"


The story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Mérida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus and Queen Elinor. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom.

Mrs Brown (1997)

Directed by John Madden. With Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher. When Queen Victoria's husband dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.


Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against English rule.

Rob Roy (1995 film) - Wikipedia

Rob Roy is a 1995 American biographical historical drama film directed by Michael Caton-Jones. Liam Neeson stars as Rob Roy MacGregor, an 18th-century Scottish clan chief who battles with an unscrupulous nobleman in the Scottish Highlands. Jessica Lange, John Hurt, Tim Roth, Eric Stoltz, Brian Cox, and Jason Flemyng also star.


He fought his first battle on the Scottish Highlands in 1536. He will fight his greatest battle on the streets of New York City in 1986. His name is Connor MacLeod. He is immortal.


Culloden is a 1964 docudrama written and directed by Peter Watkins for BBC TV. It portrays the 1746 Battle of Culloden that resulted in the British Army's destruction of the Scottish Jacobite uprising and, in the words of the narrator, "tore apart forever the clan system of the Scottish Highlands".

Brigadoon (1954)

Directed by Vincente Minnelli. With Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, Elaine Stewart. Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.

Fraser Martin

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