Film Locations

Stunning, and often otherworldly scenery.

The Highlands have made their mark on the film industry as the go-to location for stunning, and often otherworldly scenery. 

From Potter to Prometheus, the wild landscapes of the region have graced the silver screen for decades. Explore the locations used in your favourite films and follow the footsteps of cinema’s greats. It’s even better in person – cameras can’t do it justice.

Highland Explorer Tours

The Highland Explorer brand began its journey in 2006. We are part of the Edinburgh based Radical Travel Group Ltd, a local award-winning company with 25 years experience of delivering world class tours throughout Scotland.


We are dedicated to delivering the very best travel experiences every day. Our tours are designed to make the most of your time in our stunning country and to give you an authentic experience of Scotland. Our mission is to exceed your expectations, a commitment that is recognised by our VisitScotland 5 star accreditation and consistent excellent customer feedback.


Scotland’s landscape is stunningly beautiful with a magnificent history and culture that deserves to be told by the local experts, our Guides. They will bring this heritage to life while ensuring you get to explore our nation’s most breathtaking landscapes. Whether you are planning a day trip or a longer visit, our range of tours will give you an unforgettable insight into our country and its people, leaving memories that will last a lifetime.


Our Guides love Scotland; they want you to experience the best we have to offer and to understand why it’s such a special place. These highly trained and friendly locals will help you discover our history, culture, wildlife and breathtaking scenery. They appreciate that travel is as much about having a great time as it is about discovering new places. Our company is proud to have achieved ‘Investors in People’ recognition for our unrivalled training and development programmes. We genuinely believe we have the best Guides.


We relieve you of your travel worries. Our friendly guides ensure you don’t miss-out on the fascinating facts. Our carefully-crafted routes take you to both the classic sights and lesser-known locations. And our business model reduces your journey’s environmental impact.


We only travel in small groups. We’re going to be honest with you. A long time ago we tried larger coaches. In theory, it would have been good for our bank accounts. But in the end, we stopped using them because of three simple reasons. Firstly, we received worse customer feedback. It turned out you guys preferred mini-coaches and didn’t appreciate trampling over a peaceful forest with 20, 30 or 40 other people. Secondly, we found it harder to give back to the local communities. It’s not as easy to stop at that local bakery when you need to bring 30 other friends with you. And thirdly, the big buses made it hard to go down the small roads that lead to your favourite hidden-away local treasures. So, we went back to our 16 seat mini-coaches.

And we won’t ever go back to big ones. Because we’re never going to value anything more than your enjoyment, our environment, and the world’s best-kept secrets.

Glenfinnan Monument & Viaduct

A moving tribute to those who died fighting for the Jacobite cause, framed by dramatic Highland scenery.


Raise your bonnet to the lone Highlander on top of Glenfinnan Monument and take the dizzying climb up the tower for an unrivalled view of Loch Shiel. Discover the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the 1745 Jacobite Rising in our informative visitor centre and find out about the clans that supported him.Immerse yourself in the magical setting of a Harry Potter film location and witness the ‘Hogwarts Express’ steam train crossing the world-famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. Refuel at our Viaduct View Café (spring to autumn) for takeaway treats, including the tastiest chips around, decadent burgers and artisan hot dogs. Our Monument View Café takes over in winter, serving hot drinks, soups and pasties.

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan is recognised as one of the most iconic images of Scotland  all over the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands.


Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries.


Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932.

Glencoe Natural Nature Reserve

Dramatic mountains, rare beauty and haunting history in the heart of the Highlands

Don’t miss our eco-friendly visitor centre, your gateway to exploring Glencoe.

Follow in the footsteps of the Clan MacDonald and the tragic Massacre of 1692.

Uncover a long-lost way of life in our reconstruction of a 300-year-old turf and creel house.

Get close to nature with our rangers on a wildlife Land Rover Safari.

Climb (or just admire) one of the eight Munro mountains that tower above the glen.

Discover a world-famous film location featured in Harry Potter, Outlaw King, The 39 Steps, Braveheart, Rob Roy and Skyfall.

Ardverikie Estate

From its Victorian roots as a traditional Highland sporting estate, Ardverikie has long been at the forefront of sensitive habitat management and conservation. We are now moving into a new era where we are focused on our contribution to the fight against climate change. We have been producing zero carbon renewables since 1990 with our hydro power station, and this was expanded in 2017. The focus on renewable energy remains a core part of how Ardverikie is managed, and how we continue to develop as a commercially successful enterprise, owned and run by the descendants of its original founder. This has enabled us to diversify into a number of other areas covering holiday cottages, filming, and forestry. The combination of these activities enable us to continue with our stewardship of the landscape, built environment and local community whilst we play our part in tackling climate change and habitat improvement.

Wilderness Scotland

We specialise in offering an inspiring range of holidays, journeys and wilderness experiences in the most remote and beautiful regions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Explore our trip types below to find your dream adventure discovering the wilds of Scotland.


Operating adventure holidays in Scotland for over 20 years, we bring our guests to the most remote and beautiful parts of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. We take care of every detail, giving you inspiring active experiences, finding hidden local trails, friendly accommodation and the tastiest eateries to try out. Find your ideal trip to Scotland below.