Explore the Film Trail – from the Borders Railway

The rail route between Waverley Station and Tweedbank passes near a variety of film and TV locations - starting with Waverley Station itself. Movie buffs can pick up on a number of themes, from light romantic comedy to Highland fantasy - as well as the private life of Queen Victoria!

Film Location Theme Travel Trade Itinerary

Day 1

Everything is within easy reach of Waverley Station, as the station itself features in Battle of the Sexes; moments away the Scott Monument is in Cloud Atlas, while the Georgian period setting of University of Edinburgh’s Old College Quadrangle was an ideal backdrop for Garrow’s Law. Lots more to see - including where Renton in Trainspotting was chased along Princes Street! Overnight Edinburgh / Dalkeith area.

Day 2

Start the day with a visit to the famous Rosslyn Chapel, with The Da Vinci Code connections that certainly put it on the movie map! Also nearby is Old Glencorse Kirk, where Outlander fans can see where Jamie and Claire were married. Then go on to Crichton Castle, where a short walk reveals the dramatic setting of this atmospheric fortress which featured in The Wicker Tree. Return to Gorebridge and travel to Tweedbank for overnight in the area.

Day 3

A lovely drive down the Yarrow Valley takes your clients to St Mary’s Loch, setting of the Ben and Evie’s camping scene in Driving Lessons. While in the area west of Tweedbank Station, make the most of the day by turning north over hill roads to pass Traquair, where the exterior sequences were filmed for The Devil’s Widow (Tam Linn). Then turn eastwards through the Innerleithen Valley, which features in Hallam Foe. Overnight Gala/Tweedbank area.

Day 4

From Tweedbank, head north-east for Manderston, where this stately home has featured in The Awakening, as well as other productions - for example, the Windsor stables in Mrs Brown are actually Manderston. It’s also in Shades of Love and House of Mirth. Continue to Duns Castle, another property that’s a movie-maker’s favourite: Shades of Love and Mrs Brown again.

Film and TV Listings

Cloud Atlas (2012)

The Scott Monument is one of Edinburgh’s iconic landmarks, easy to spot on screen! An edge-of-the-seat movie of timelines, connections, and a host of big names, it also features other Scottish backdrops as well as Sir Walter Scott’s famous memorial.

Further information Cloud Atlas / The Scott Monument

Nearest station: Waverley. The Scott Monument is moments away. 

The Battle of the Sexes (1959)

Very much a period piece, with Peter Sellers showing up in a variety of Edinburgh locations, including Waverley Station. Traditional Scottish weaving company outwits efficient US administrator in this gentle tale originally by James Thurber. The Grassmarket and the New Town are also other city locations.

Further information The Battle of the Sexes

Nearest station: Waverley.

Garrow’s Law (2009-2011)

This period legal television drama about a lawyer at the Old Bailey in Georgian London uses the 18th-century architecture of Edinburgh for its period flavour. Real cases and a real character - made more real in Series 3 by the use of the University of Edinburgh’s Old College Quadrangle with its arcades and neo-classical facades as an atmospheric and distinguished backdrop.

Further information Edinburgh Film Tour / Parliament Square.

Nearest station: Waverley 0.5 mile / 1 km 

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Already well-known for the quality of its medieval stone carving, Rosslyn Chapel found itself at the centre of attention after Dan Brown’s novel became a best-seller. The subsequent movie (2006) used Rosslyn Chapel in a climactic scene, with movie and book together having had a very large and positive effect on the restoration programme which the chapel has now undergone.

Further information Da Vinci Code , Rosslyn Chapel

Nearest stations: Eskbank 5.6 miles / 9 km; Newtongrange 6.3 miles / 10 km.

Outlander (2014)

Midlothian has its share of the many locations used in this blockbusting series. For example, Claire and Jamie tie the knot at Glencorse Old Kirk, in the grounds of Glencorse House, with its lush parkland grounds, lake and garden, by the Pentland Hills. And look out for a fight scene with a backdrop of Rosslyn Glen, close to the famous Rosslyn Chapel.

Further information Outlander official website. Rosslyn Chapel . Glencorse Old Kirk & House. VisitScotland/Outlander

Nearest station: Eskbank 8 miles / 13 km 

The Wicker Tree (2011)

Sometimes described as a parallel piece to cult movie The Wicker Man, this horror film is set in Scotland. Arniston House by Gorebridge and also Crichton Castle are locations. Crichton is associated with Mary, Queen of Scots and has a beautiful setting in the Midlothian countryside.

Further information The Wicker TreeCrichton Castle . Arniston House

Nearest station (to Crichton): Gorebridge 2.7 miles / 4.3 km

The Awakening (2011)

The makers of this horror film set in the 1920s found the ambience of Manderston ideal for this tale told about a boys’ school. As well as some exterior shots, the attic, kitchen and laundry were all used in the filming. Manderston is sometimes called ‘the swan-song of the Edwardian country house’. It has a unique silver staircase.

Nearest station: Stow 25 miles / 40 km.

Further information The Awakening. Manderston House.

Mrs Brown (1997)

The story of Queen Victoria’s relationship with her faithful ghillie, John Brown, was partly filmed at the exclusive use venue Duns Castle. It starred Judi Dench and Billy Connelly.

Further information Mrs Brown. Duns Castle.

Nearest station: Tweedbank 25 miles / 40 km 

Driving Lessons (2006)

This gentle comedy with a ‘coming of age theme’ used a variety of locations in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders. The camping and picnicking scene is set at St Mary’s Loch, a beautiful stretch of water surrounded by the hills of the Yarrow Valley.

Further information Driving Lessons  St Mary’s Loch

Nearest station: Tweedbank 22 miles / 35 km.

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