Films Made in Edinburgh

Trainspotting 2 Renton And Spud On Arthurs Seat

From city to coastline, medieval to modern, dramatic to domestic, it’s no wonder film makers have been drawn to Edinburgh. The city has played host to worldwide blockbusters and UK television productions, and with a new studio space set to open in the city in the future, Edinburgh’s film and TV industry looks booming.

Join us as we take you on a cinematic trail through the streets of Scotland’s capital and discover some of the productions that feature the delights of Edinburgh:


The Railway Man (2012)

Railway Man

Film adaptation of Eric Lomax's bestselling autobiography about his experiences as a POW during the second world war and his struggle to deal with the trauma. Starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.

Filming took place in North Berwick, Gilmerton House and Cockenzie House in East Lothian.


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.

Starring Maggie Smith and filmed at Edinburgh Academy on Henderson Row, it also features scenes at Greyfriars Churchyard, Dalmeny House and Barnbougle Castle.


Trainspotting (1996)


Danny Boyle's 1996 black comedy drama starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald. Based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh.

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

The now infamous opening sequence, 'Choose Life' was filmed on location in Princes Street, Calton Road and Hanover Street.


One Day (2010)

One Day (1)

After one day together, Dex and Emma begin a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

The film of David Nicholls best-selling novel starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, eagle-eyed viewers will notice several parts of the city, including Arthurs Seat, Warriston Close, Moray Place/Forres St, Parliament Square, Calton Hill and Victoria Street/Terrace.


The Da Vinci Code (2005)

The Da Vinci Code

Based on the Dan Brown novel, a murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity. Starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, a key scene in is filmed at Rosslyn Chapel, 7 miles south of Edinburgh city centre.


Outlaw King (2018)

Outlaw King

A David v Goliath story of the War for Scottish Independence, Chris Pine stars as Robert the Bruce, as he plots to defeat the much larger oppressing English army.

Substantial sets were built and filmed at Historic Environment Scotland’s Craigmillar Castle, which saw village of thatched cottages created in the parkland around the castle and medieval workshops appear within the castle walls. Seacliff Beach in East Lothian also saw some of the action with horseback riders appearing on the beach.


Avengers: Infinity War (2018)


The 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Avengers (which includes Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and Black Widow) team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to battle supervillain, Thanos.

Filmed partly on location in Edinburgh over seven weeks, Avengers: Infinity War was the largest and most complex shoot ever to film in Edinburgh's historic Old Town and city centre.


Outlander (2014 – 2018)


Adapted from the best-selling book series by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married army nurse in 1945, who is mysteriously transported back in time to the year 1743 where she meets warrior, Jamie Fraser, and a passionate relationship between the two begins leaving Claire torn between two different men in two different lives.

Spread over 5 series, Edinburgh largely featured in series 3, where we saw the lecture theatre at Summerhall, Craigmillar Castle (Jacobite gaol), Bakehouse Close and Tweedale Court in the Old Town.

To discover more about Edinburgh on the big screen, check out our Guide to Top Ten Filmed in Edinburgh>