Written by Shona Smith on Nov 8, 2018. Posted in On Location

Netflix blockbuster Outlaw King filmed entirely in Scotland

Netflix’s Outlaw King, received funding from Screen Scotland. Shot entirely in Scotland, the blockbuster with a reported USD90 million budget used upwards of forty-five locations around the nation.

Outlaw KingScottish director David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) helmed the project which sees Hollywood A lister Chris Pine (Wonder Woman, Star Trek) playing Robert the Bruce as he undergoes a transformation from defeated nobleman to outlaw hero during the oppressive occupation of medieval Scotland by Edward I.

Alongside the American star, leading British actors were involved including Florence Pugh, (The Little Drummer Girl, Lady Macbeth) who plays Robert’s wife, Stephen Dillane (Darkest Hour, Game of Thrones) as Edward I and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals, Godzilla) as the Lord of Douglas.

outlaw-king-aaron-taylor-johnsonProduction headed to forty-five locations around the country throughout 2017. One of the locations to feature heavily in the trailer is Craigmillar Castle three miles to the south of Edinburgh where substantial sets were built. The location saw a village of thatched cottages created in the parkland surrounding the castle and medieval workshops created within the castle walls. Seacliff Beach in to the East of Edinburgh was also used for dramatic scenes including horseback riding.

Dunfermline Abbey in Fife a Romanesque abbey is one of the authentic settings for the film since Robert the Bruce went on to be buried here in 1329. Another location with historical accuracy is Bannockburn, a town to the east of Edinburgh where a famous battle commanded by Robert the Bruce took place in 1314.


Sweeping shots of Glencoe Valley are to be seen in scenes where Robert and his men escape from danger and several locations on the The Isle of Skye a Hebridean island off the west coast of Scotland hosted filming. The village of Talisker, Quiraing and Coral Beachfeature in the film. The small island has previously featured in blockbusters including Transformers: The Last Knight and Prometheus.Beautiful evening scenery at Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands.


Outlaw King begins at the point where 1995’s Braveheart left off, with Scotland under the rule of British king Edward I. Mel Gibson’s historical fantasy divided filming between Ireland and Scotland because of the availability of tax incentives available in Ireland at the time.

Outlaw King, meanwhile film received GBP1 million support through Screen Scotland’s Development and Production Fund and Production Growth Funds.

rsz-chris-pine-tiff-20aug18Isabel Davis, Executive Director of Screen Scotland said: “Outlaw King’s exploration of the life of Robert the Bruce will provide audiences around the world with a chance to engage with Scotland’s rich history and fall in love with her breath taking landscape” adding that “We’re proud to have supported Outlaw King, a film that was born and raised in Scotland, from its early development through to production with funding from the National Lottery and Scottish Government through Creative Scotland”. The film also hosted Scotland’s biggest ever trainee initiative to thirty-five workers.

The large production contributed to a record year for Scottish TV and film production as it welcomed GBP95 million production spend in 2017 from productions including Avengers: Infinity War, Outlander and Keepers.

Creative Scotland will be exhibiting at FOCUS the meeting place for international production in London on the 4th & 5th of December. Click here to receive your free delegate badge.

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