Where is The Buccaneers filmed? The castle and all the house locations

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Inspired by Edith Wharton's novel of the same name, The Buccaneers was filmed almost entirely in Scotland.

The setting, the story, and the fabulous locations are reminiscent of the hit Netflix series Bridgerton.

The Buccaneers cast

Set in the Gilded Age, the Apple TV show revolves around a group of wealthy American girls who travel to London to marry an aristocrat.

Here is our spoiler-free guide to all the filming locations of The Buccaneers, more or less in order of appearance.


The Buccaneers Locations

The Buccaneers house
The Closson mansion in New York where Conchita (played by Alisha Boe) is getting ready to get married is the magnificent late 18th century Gosford House.

Located about 17 miles east of Edimburg, near the village of Longniddry, the house is known for its grandeur and symmetrical facade.

The houses on the street outside the courtyard were CGI'd into the scene.
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Gosford House staircase
The pink interior staircase where Nan (Kristine Frøseth) and Guy (Matthew Broome) meet for the second time is the grand Marble Hall of Gosford House.

Rising three stories high, this breathtaking central atrium, adorned with opulent marble columns, is one of the house's highlights.

This hall was also featured as the Montenaro Royal Palace in the Netflix movie series The Princess Switch.
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Cochrane Street in Glasgow filming location
Cochrane Street in Glasgow doubles as the street in New York where the Closson house is located.

The building at the end of the street was removed by CGI to show one of New York's long, straight avenues.
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The Buccaneers Castle

The Buccaneers Castle
The Duke of Tintagel's castle, seen from the beach, is actually the Culzean Castle with some CGI thrown in.

Built in the late 18th century, this stunning clifftop fortress is located on the Ayrshire coast.

The exterior scenes with Theo (Guy Remmers) on the balcony and the terrace overlooking the sea were also filmed here.
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Tintagel Castle
However, the interior rooms of Tintagel's ancestral home were filmed at Hopetoun House, located on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Considered one of Scotland's finest stately homes, this 17th-century property is today a popular wedding venue.

In real life, the hall in the upper picture overlooks the countryside, not the sea.
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Tintagel house
The landside facade of the castle, which appears for the first time in the third episode, "The Perfect Duchess," was filmed at Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway.

The interior staircase scenes were also filmed in this late 17th century stately home with opulent interiors.
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Brightlingsea house
The Brightlingsea family home in London is the Educational Institute of Scotland facade on Moray Place, located in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town.

Built in the early 19th century, this elegant Georgian terrace is considered one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in the city.
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Newhailes Estate interior
Like the Duke's castle, the Brightlingsea home is an amalgam of several locations.

This shot was taken in the dining room of Newhailes Estate in Musselburgh, known for its stunning Palladian architecture.
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Hopetoun House staircase
The carved wooden staircase is the panelled Tribune Stairs at Hopetoun House.

Many scenes from The Buccaneers were filmed in the richly decorated interiors of this beautifully preserved mansion, which is open to the public.


Glasgow City Chambers interior
The Debutante's Ball was filmed in the Victorian-style Glasgow City Chambers.

The series features the marble staircase and dome of the wondrous city's council, built in 1888.
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Gosford House location
But the scene where Nan and Jinny argue at the top of a flight of stairs outside the ball was filmed on the east facade of Gosford House.
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The Buccaneers drehorte
Still in the first episode, "American Poison", the inn was filmed at the picturesque Cove Harbour, located just north of St Abbs.

This is the same location in New Asgard used as Thor's cabin in Avengers: Endgame.
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The Buccaneers beach
The beach where Nan and Thoe have their first encounter is the Seacliff Beach in North Berwick.

From this unspoiled beach, you can see Bass Rock in the background and a stone beacon marked by a cross (which looks like a lighthouse), pictured here.
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Tantallon Castle ruins
Following the coast a little further north from Seacliff Beach are the dramatic ruins of Tantallon Castle, which appear in the second episode, "Women or Wives."

Ravaged by wars, this 14th-century fortress situated in a strategic location atop a sea cliff was also featured in the Netflix movie A Castle for Christmas.
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The Perfect Duchess
There is an establishing shot of the carriage crossing the Drumlanrig Bridge over the River Nith in Dumfries and Galloway, which is located on the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle.
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Runnymede house
Conchita's house in Runnymede is the Carolside House near Earlston in the Scottish Borders.

Built in the late 18th century, this charming Georgian mansion boasts elegant architecture and is surrounded by the beautifully landscaped gardens featured in the series.
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The Buccaneers waterfall
The estate's waterfall was filmed in a hidden gem located in the Scottish Borders area.

We were asked to remove the location as the waterfall is on private property and not suitable for visitors, if it becomes popular.


Camellia House in Culzean Castle
Theo's painting sanctuary is the botanical conservatory known as Camellia House, located in the grounds of Culzean Castle.

Built in the early 19th century, this neo-Gothic pavilion, decorated with intricate ironwork, usually houses a collection of camellia plants.
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Duchess's Private Ball
The Duchess's Private Ball is held in the historic mid-19th century University of Glasgow Cloisters.

Also known as The Undercroft, this iconic structure serves as a passageway connecting various buildings on campus.
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Nan St. George house
The exterior of the St. George home in New York in the fourth episode, "Homecoming," was filmed at 250 St. Vincent Street in Glasgow.

The former Windsor Hotel, completed in 1878, was converted into an office building for many years. Now there are plans to return it to its original use as the Meliá Innside hotel.
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Manderston House staircase
The interiors of St. George's Mansion were recorded at the gorgeous Manderston House in Duns, Berwickshire.

Renowned for its opulent Edwardian architecture, the house features a striking silver-plated staircase, the only one of its kind in the world.
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Touch Estate in Stirling
Most of the fifth episode, "Failed Betrayal" takes place at Guy Thwarte's estate.

The main house was filmed at the Touch Estate in Stirling, but the rest of the property was filmed at several different locations.

This mid-18th century house, now used as a private residence and a business centre, was also featured in the Outlander series.
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Walled Garden Preston Hall
The glasshouse and the scene with the two gazebos were filmed in the Walled Garden at Preston Hall.

Located in Pathhead, near Edinburgh, this lovely 18th century garden is often hired for weddings and private functions.
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Murray Star Maze
The Murray Star Maze is a whimsical and enchanting labyrinth located within the grounds of Scone Palace near Perth.

Crafted from over 2,000 beech trees, this intricate maze features a unique star design, offering visitors an engaging and challenging experience as they navigate its pathways.
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Manderston House
Mabel and Honoria's cabin is a real location situated in the lake of Manderston House.
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The Temple Preston Hall
The bonfire scenes were filmed in The Temple, also located at Preston Hall.

This classical octagonal temple was intended as a mausoleum for the estate's first owner, but was never used for that purpose.
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Ardverikie Estate
The snow-covered castle in the sixth episode, It's Christmas, is the famous Ardverikie Estate, nestled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands at Kinloch Laggan.

This majestic mansion is best known as the setting for the TV series, Monarch of the Glen, but is especially famous for doubling as Balmoral Castle in The Crown series.
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First Footing
The New Year’s Eve party in the seventh episode, "First Footing," was filmed at the Arniston House.

Located in Gorebridge, just south of Edinburgh, this 18th century estate exemplifies the grandeur of Palladian architecture.
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The Buccaneers church
In the season finale, "Wedding of the Season," although the camera moves try to convince us that the church is in the grounds of the Duke of Tintagel's castle, it is actually located about 115 miles away.

Located in Perthshire, north of Edinburgh, the chapel at Murthly Castle features remarkable Gothic Revival style stained glass windows and intricate woodwork.

Constructed in the 19th century, it is a popular venue for weddings and other special occasions.
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5 comments:

1- Anonymous - Nov 20, 2023, 9:17 AM
It’s great highlighting all the beautiful filming locations, many of which I know well. But one of them, the waterfall, is one that involves talking a path on the grounds of an estate house, the owners of which kindly maintain a safe path, and locally there’s a bit of an unspoken agreement that we don’t publicise the route. It’s just not equipped for visitors, with no parking, signposting etc. I know people who have lived in the area for 30 years without knowing of it! And the worry is that if it becomes overused, local people will have their access restricted. Removing the walk link would be a diplomatic step.

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   2- Ra Moon - Nov 20, 2023, 5:33 PM
   Done!

3- Anonymous - Dec 14, 2023, 4:12 PM
The creative intelligence of the chosen locations and how they've been used to recreate other places is fantastic. Nice to see so many in South West Scotland, my native area. It also means I missed my chance to schmooze with Kristine Froseth.

4- Anonymous - Jan 2, 2024, 3:03 PM
Preston Hall is in Pathhead, not far from Edinburgh, Scotland - not in Durham.

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   5- Ra Moon - Jan 2, 2024, 5:57 PM
   Sorry and thank you, updated!


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