We really enjoyed the recent BBC Drama ‘One of Us’, perhaps as the Scottish Borders doubled as the Highlands and showed what a beautiful area that we live in, with views and scenery just as stunning as those further north. It did get us thinking though, that over the years, the Scottish Borders has been filmed in many film and TV productions, so we thought we would put together a list of five of our favourite films which have been filmed on location here.
We start in 1970 with the horror movie starring the wonderful Ava Gardner and also starring Ian McShane, Joanna Lumley and Stephanie Beecham. The film is based on an ancient Scottish folk song where an older woman uses witchcraft to keep her younger jet set friends. Ettrick Forest, Selkirk and Traquair House all feature in this film.
There have been many films and TV dramas of Mary Queen of Scots over the years, but our favourite is the 1971 film starring Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson. Hermitage Castle just outside Hawick is used in the filming which is historically accurate as the Queen did indeed visit the castle when she left Edinburgh in haste after the murders of Riccio and Darnley.
This 1985 film starred Christopher Lambert and Andie Macdowell and received three Oscar nominations. The magnificent Floors Castle was used in the Greystoke film. Floors Castle is not only a beautiful historic house but it also has a stunning setting and is often used for product launches and other key events such as the Tour of Britain last year.
Mrs Brown was released in 1996 with the wonderful Judi Dench starring as Queen Victoria and Billy Connolly as John Brown. We are sure many of you will have seen the film and loved it. But did you know that Duns Castle in Berwickshire (pictured above) was used to double up as both Balmoral and Windsor Castles in the film?
The amazing Gillian Anderson starred in this 2000 film about a penniless New York socialite. Glasgow was used for much of the filming to double as New York. But many of the scenes were actually filmed at Manderston House in Berwickshire.
Over the years, the Scottish Borders has been used as a film and TV location which we hope will continue to spread the word about how beautiful the area is to live in and visit. You can of course visit many of the locations in the films mentioned above. Floors, Manderston and Traquair are all open to the public and are well worth visiting and Duns Castle is a popular wedding venue locally. VisitScotland have produced a “Scottish Borders on the screen” leaflet which you can download and bring with you when you visit.