Part of the appeal of movies filmed in Scotland is the spectacular scenery of mountains and lochs seen in the background, leading to the question” I wonder where that scene was filmed?”
The many sandy beaches around Morar have been a popular choice for movie location filming for many years. The area surrounding the Glenfinnan Monument and the nearby railway viaduct is also a popular place for location filming, especially the viaduct.
WHY NOT SPEND A FEW DAYS OUT SIGHTSEEING AND FIND SOME OF THESE STUNNING LOCATIONS.
LOCAL HERO AT CAMUSDARACH BEACH
Watch the DVD that we have left in The Haven for you and then drive to Camusdarach where most of the beach scenes in Local Hero were filmed. As you reach the beach you can see a small single story house on the other side of the stream. This was disguised as the exterior of the church while the interior scenes were filmed at the white church next to the A830 at Polnish near Lochailort. The now abandoned church of Our Lady of the Braes.
Carry on up the beach keeping the sand dunes on your left until you reach
the top of the beach. The filming location for Ben's Shack was nestled
between the sand dunes on your left and the rocky promontory in front
of you at the end of the beach.
Some other scenes were filmed at the grassy area at the top of these
rocks and on the other adjacent beaches and rocks further to the south.
HARRY POTTER FILMS
The Glenfinnan Viaduct recently came to prominence in the Harry Potter Films.The first being Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second in the Harry Potter series, when the Jacobite Steam train became transformed into the Hogwarts Express and was filmed crossing the bridge. On Saturday 22nd February 2006 during filming, the Harry Potter train apparently caused a fire covering around 100 acres around the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
The viaduct also appeared in the 1969 film Ring of Bright Water starring Bill Travers, where in one scene, Travers is crossing the viaduct by train.
The viaduct was built in 1897–1901 by the engineer Sir Robert McAlpine. It has 21 arches, reaching as high as 100 ft (30 m) and spans 1,000 feet across the valley floor. A plaque at the base of one of the arches commemorates the centenary of the viaduct.
The viaduct has also been used in the filming of Monarch of the Glen". As well as the viaduct there are other attractions in that area that could be visited on a day out.
Visit the Glenfinnan Monument and Railway Museum and perhaps have lunch in the Dining Car at the station.
Further down the road in Glen Nevis at Fort William some of
the Quidditch scenes from the Harry Potter films were filmed
here for the dramatic background landscape.
The Steall Falls, the waterfall at the base the mountain, is
where Harry's battle with the dragon takes place.
ROB ROY (1995)
Rob Roy has scenes shot in Glen Coe, Glen Nevis, Rannoch Moor
and Bracara. Against a backdrop of stunning beauty and the bitter
reality of clan life Rob Roy and his wife Mary are caught in an
epic struggle to defend personal honour against treachery and
Take a drive along to the very end of the loch then leave your
car to cross over the little bridge and follow the path down to
the stony beach where ROB ROY's thatched croft was built for
BREAKING THE WAVES (1996)
Nominated for an Academy Award, Breaking the Waves was
filmed in a variety of locations in Mallaig, Morar and Lochailort.
Filming took place on Camusdarach Beach.
Castle Tioram ( pronounced Cheerum) in Moidart
is also seen several times in aerial shots in Highlander; Endgame.
The beach next to Castle Tioram on Loch Moidart was used as a
location in the Supergirl movie. After Supergirl rescues a guy from a haunted/magical amusement park, they fly over some islands and land on the beach.