From big productions like The Dark Knight Rises, Brave and Zeffirelli’s Hamlet to low-budget sci-fi classics like The Planet and Outpost 11, few corners of Aberdeenshire have gone untouched by moviemaking since the first experimental shorts were filmed at Balmoral and Union Terrace Gardens in the 1890s.
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Stunning Dunnottar Castle alone has played host to at least seven productions, and Top Gear have tested a Ferrari F12 on our Glen Shee road: arguably the most spectacular place for a drive in the UK – in the words of ex-Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson ‘Motoring nirvana’. In addition to filming, the county has been the literary birthplace of such famous screen characters as Count Dracula, Long John Silver and James Bond, as well as a favourite haunt of the world’s great comedians from Charlie Chaplin to Billy Connolly, and beyond.
Let our MovieMap and fun facts tell you more about the Northeast of Scotland’s incredible film story – Look out for Bill Forsyth’s beloved classic Local Hero (1983), Filmed primarily in Pennan, Aberdeenshire, with additional locations in nearby Banff, Boyndlie, Pole of Itlaw and Dyce (as well as Texas and the Highlands) BAFTA-winning For Those in Peril Filmed in Gourdon, Aberdeenshire, with additional locations in nearby Stonehaven, Johnshaven and St Cyrus.