TV Shows & Film Locations Nearby
Aviemore and the Cairngorms are filled with stunning natural beauty; rugged mountains, wild forests, untamed waterfalls, rivers and lochs. That’s why numerous films and TV shows have been filmed in the National Park and surrounding areas over the years.
When you join us in Aviemore, head to some of these scenic locations and discover the beautiful landscapes and landmarks that have become iconic on both the big and small screen.
Tulloch Ghru, Outlander
Tulloch Ghru, a wild hilly and wooded area just outside Aviemore at the doorstep of the Cairngorms features in the hit Starz TV series, Outlander. The area features in the journey Claire and Jamie take from Craigh na Dun to Castle Leoch, as well as in the opening credits of the show. The area is perfect for a serene, wooded walk.
Ardverikie, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Mrs Brown & Monarch of the Glen
Ardverikie is just on the outskirts of the Cairngorms National Park, a 50-minute drive from the hotel. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, was filmed around Loch Laggan in Ardverikie, with the Sheikh’s house in the film being based at Ardverikie House.
Mrs Brown, starring Dame Judy Dench and Billy Connelly, tells the story of Queen Victoria and her relationship with a Scottish servant. In the film, when Prime Minister Disraeli visits Queen Victoria at Balmoral Castle, Ardverikie and Loch Laggan are used as scenic backdrops.
The wildly popular BBC Sunday night staple, Monarch of the Glen, graced our TV screens for seven series between 2000 and 2005. Ardverikie Estate stands in for the decaying family estate in the Cairngorms where much of the series’ storylines take place. Broomhill Station (home of the Strathspey Railway, a 5-minute drive from the hotel) was used as Glenbogle Station in many episodes and in fact, still features a ‘Glenbogle’ sign at the real station today!
Glenfeshie, The Dark Knight Rises
Hollywood blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, spent months filming scenes for the film in Glenfeshie and surrounding areas. Stuntmen and crew made parachute jumps at Glenfeshie Airstrip and a private jet was seen flying out of the Cairngorm Gliding Club’s site at Feshie Bridge, located 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
Disney Pixar’s Brave, although an animated film set in medieval Scotland, used much of the Highlands as inspiration for the areas seen in the film. The scenes where Merida shows her skills in archery during the Highland Games were inspired by real-life Highland Games at the Braemar Gathering within the Cairngorms National Park.
All of these natural beauty spots are within a one hour 30-minute drive of Hilton Coylumbridge and are easily accessed by good roads throughout the Cairngorms National Park. Build your itinerary and head out with a picnic to stop at some of these idyllic spots. Afterwards, return to the hotel for an evening meal, a swim in the pool or a relaxing massage at the Thai Lodge Spa within the hotel.