East Lothian on The Screen

East Lothian's rural scenery, golden beaches and historic buildings combined with its logistical ease of access for production crews, have made it a popular location choice.

East Lothian has enjoyed a starring role in many movies and TV productions over the years, from period dramas to sci-fi, ghost stories to children's TV.  With 'setjetting' a growing trend and more and more film fans visiting the locations of their favourite movies, to celebrate, in partnership with Film Edinburgh we have created a new movie map to highlight the region's top 15 film locations.  Download East Lothian on Screen and relive some of your favourite film moments.


Outlander

For all you Outlander fans, East Lothian has played host to many key locations in each series shown featuring Newhailes House & Gardens, Preston Mill & Gosford House.  Click here for a film location map, and for those interested in the history of the Jacobites the actual Battle of Prestonpans took place in East Lothian and more information can be found here


Outlaw King

Outlaw King, the 2018 Netflix film about Robert the Bruce starring Chris Pine was filmed in East Lothian at the stunning Seacliff Beach, near North Berwick. Click here for locations map.

(Chris Pine image ŠNetflix /David Eustace)


Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots was also filmed at Seacliff Beach.  Here are some interesting facts about Mary Queen of Scots, her connection and legacy to East Lothian.  

  • in 1567, James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell entertained Mary Queen of Scots at Hailes Castle.
  • Successful history came to an end at Dunbar Castle when the Scottish Parliament ordered the castle to be taken down stone by stone as a result of it's connection with Mary Queen of Scots and the Earl of Bothwell.
  • At Lennoxlove, just outside Haddington, you can see the Death Mask of Mary Queen of Scots.
  • There are claims that Mary Queen of Scots played on Musselburgh Links golf course in 1567.
  • Visit the John Gray Centre archives to view artefacts including a document signed by Mary Queen of Scots & King Henry (better known as Lord Darnley) and a grant of church land to the Burgh of Haddington with an almost perfect example of her great seal.
  • In 1567, on Carberry Hill, Mary Queen of Scots surrendered to the English confederate lords before being imprisoned.  Follow the signposts to enjoy a walk around this special place, you can then work your way up the hill to the standing stone at the summit where you can see the commemorative Queen Mary's Mount.  View the map here.

Click here for locations map.

(Mary Queen of Scots image ŠUniversal Pictures)