Filming Locations Guide: Where was Outlaw King Filmed?

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Netflix’s Outlaw King is a historical drama about Robert the Bruce, the national hero who led Scotland during the first liberation war against England.

The story takes place after the events of 1995's Braveheart, the epic Mel Gibson movie. The action focuses on the year that led up to the Battle of Loudoun Hill in 1307.

Around 50 different filming locations were used to shoot Outlaw King, filmed almost entirely in Scotland

King Coronation scene

This 120 million dollar project was written and directed by Scottish film director David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water).

Chris Pine, the actor who starred in Wonder Woman, also famous for playing James T. Kirk in the new Star Trek film series, stars as Robert the Bruce. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron) is his ally, James Douglas. Florence Pugh (The Falling, Lady Macbeth) is the wife, Elizabeth de Burgh, and Billy Howle (Dunkirk) plays Edward, the merciless Prince of Wales.

The producers tried to use the real places where the historical events took place, to bring a sense of authenticity to the film.

We have reunited in this report the most relevant filming locations of the Outlaw King, following as much as we could the order of appearance in the movie.

Craigmillar Castle filming Outlaw King
The ruined Craigmillar Castle in Edinburgh was the setting of several scenes of the film.

The old fortress was used as the home of Robert's family and a medieval village was built on the grounds of the stronghold.

The first sequence of the movie, shot in a continuous nine minutes one-take, was shot in a set built near Stirling Castle.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Netflix and Sean Munson - Map

Filming in Berwick Scotland
Berwick-upon-Tweed nowadays belongs to England, but it was part of Scotland during the time of the Outlaw King.

Robert will decide to revolt against English rule after discovering the butchered body of William Wallace on the quayside of this bordering town.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Outlaw King Bridge
The early 17th century Old Berwick Bridge doubled as the London Bridge, thanks to some CGI magic.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Kevin Mcc

Glasgow Cathedral scene
Robert visits the Bishop of Scotland traveling to Glasgow Cathedral.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Karen Munro - Map

Dunfermline Abbey set
The interior scenes of Westminster Abbey in London were filmed at Dunfermline Abbey, which happens to be the place where the real Robert the Bruce was buried in 1329.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Ross G. Strachan - Map

Royal Palace sequence
Linlithgow Palace near Edinburgh doubled as Scone, where the coronation scene takes place.
Image courtesy of Netflix / David Eustace and Google Maps

Linlithgow Church
A few more sequences were recorded in Linlithgow, the residence of the kings of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The local St Michael's Parish Church was used to shoot the funeral of Lord of Annandale, and maybe also the marriage of Robert and Elizabeth at the beginning of the film.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Lost in Scotland

Glasgow University cloisters
The feast celebrating the beginning of the campaign against the Scottish rebels was filmed at Glasgow University cloisters.

In addition, there is a scene later on with King Edward practicing archery, set in the courtyard of the building.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

The movie Battle Location
After the Battle of Methven, the remains of Robert's army go through the Glencoe Valley in the Highlands.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Petr Meissner - Map

Macdougalls battle set
The Daily Record reported that the cast and crew were filming in the walking route next to Loch Lomond in Inverbeg, Luss, and Arden.

Probably this is the place where the encounter with the Macdougalls and the Battle of Dalrigh was shot.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Filming Blackness Castle
The fortress where Elizabeth de Burgh is taken prisoner and locked in an iron cage over the sea is Blackness Castle near Linlithgow.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Dr. John Wells - Map

Beach, cliffs, and waterfall with horsemen
The scene when Robert arrives rowing to a beach and meets Lord Mackinnon was filmed at Talisker Bay Beach on the wonderful island of Skye.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Amateur with a Camera - Map

Coral Beach set with boats and a settlement
The set in Islay was filmed also in Skye, at the stunning Caribbean-looking Coral Beach.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Colin - Map

Burning medieval castle scene
Doune Castle is taken and burned by Lord of Douglas.

This is the same spot featured in almost every castle scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Image courtesy of Dave Appleby and Google Maps

Borthwick Castle tower on fire
Borthwick Castle in North Middleton was also burning thanks to some special effects.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Peter van der Wielen - Map

Lieux du tournage Le Roi hors-la-loi
The final Battle of Loudoun Hill was set at Mugdock Country Park (north of Glasgow).

Also, a small medieval village was built in the area. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Outlaw King drehort
Some shots by the seaside were filmed with the remains of Tantallon Castle located in East Lothian in the background.

A little more to the south is Seacliff Beach, where the last scene of the movie was shot.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Tantallon Castle Map - Seacliff Beach Map

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  1. What I'd like to know is what was used at the end of the opening scene of the movie, when King Edward launched the trebuchet. Was that castle on the hill completely CGI? Was any of it based on a physical location?


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