Scotland on the small screen
The beach at Ness
In a previous blog we looked at the phenomena of jet setting, visiting the Scottish locations where some of Scotland’s best loved films were made. With the publication this week of a new guide entitled TV Set in Scotland , which documents some of the famous and more obscure television filming locations in Scotland, we thought we would take a look at a few of our favourites.
The most well-known TV programme made in Scotland must surely be Outlander, with excitement among fans currently reaching fever pitch ahead of the new season’s arrival in November. Whilst the locations previously used have been well documented, the filming which took place at the start of the year presented the producers with the unique challenge that the new season is largely set in America. Eagle eyed fans have however been compiling a list of sightings of the cast and crew at locations all round the country. In June they were spotted at Faskally Wood in Perthshire. This stunning forest, which is also the venue for the annual Enchanted Forest sound and light display, is one of the area’s top attractions and has such photogenic scenery that you can see when you visit exactly why it was chosen as a backdrop. It’s only a short drive from there to Comraich House which nestles quietly by the loch, not far from Rannoch moor. Dedicated fans may get a sense of deja vu as both locations also feature in season one.
Since the cancellation of the much loved Machair (directed by Peter May, the writer of the bestselling Lewis Blackhouse Trilogy) Bannan has assumed the mantle of the country’s favourite Gaelic soap opera. Set and filmed on the Sleat peninsula, this BBC Alba production is a fantastic showcase for the stunning scenery of Skye and an affirmation of the joys of living in rural Scotland. The village of Tarskavaig, which was a finalist in this year’s Village of the Year contest run by Channel 4, plays a central role as does its community but the surrounding landscape is the real star of the show. Available to stream through iPlayer, with English subtitles, it is well worth seeking out for anyone with an interest in visiting the Highlands. The Sleat peninsula has a slower pace of life than the rest of Skye, possible due to being slightly off the beaten track, but it still has amazing beaches, walks and a newly opened distillery. Teangue House sits right in the centre of it, atop a hill overlooking the sound of Sleat and across to Knoydart, the perfect base for exploring or just relaxing.
One of the most beloved children’s TV series of recent years is Katie Morag. Although set on the fictional island of Struay, much of the filming in fact took place on the Isle of Lewis. Reading the books, you may think they represent an altogether romanticised and exaggerated view of the wholesome rural idyll. Its only when you visit that you realise how close to the mark they can actually be. The pace of life really is as gentle and carefree as depicted on screen. If you yearn for a holiday experience that harks back to a simpler, friendlier, less stressed time then this is the place for you. One of the themes running through the books and the television series is the sense of community and in places such as the Point of Ness this tradition is as strong as it has always been. The beach here was one of the main ones used in the series (although Dail Mor and Shawbost also feature). It’s a brilliant place for families to play, as well as being a romantic retreat for couples to immerse themselves in island culture. Taigh Eilidh is a luxury retreat for 2 that overlooks the beach and is walking distance to the attractions of the village.
Whether your taste in TV encompasses murder, sci-fi or historical documentary, if the scenery inspires you to visit then call LHH now to book your next holiday. As alluring as Scotland looks on the screen, the real thing is even better.