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Filming & photoshoots

​National Trust for Scotland locations have welcomed many productions, from music videos, documentaries, travel programmes, adverts and photo shoots to international TV drama series and feature films.

Our unique inventory of locations – from Glencoe and St Abb’s Head to Culross and Culzean Castle – provides a huge variety of backdrops with great stories to match. Hundreds of years of Scottish heritage is on view including dramatic mountains, historic houses, breathtaking coastlines, majestic forests and imposing castles. The Trust’s portfolio also includes significant sites in Scottish history, such as Bannockburn and Culloden battlefields and the birthplaces of Robert Burns and J M Barrie.

Filming Locations

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Our experts can offer advice in many areas of Scottish heritage, including history, archaeology, wildlife and collections, and we have an extensive photo library that is frequently used for research and factual programming.

The Trust’s dedicated Filming Manager will help you find the perfect location and provides a single point of contact from your initial enquiry to the shoot. All fees from filming go directly back to the location.

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Please note that all productions will need to provide public liability insurance documents (£2 million minimum) to film at our locations. We also ask for at least 7 days’ notice to turn around filming enquiries.

Use of drones

The Trust welcomes the use of small unmanned aircraft (SUAs) but we have a duty to protect the heritage we’re entrusted with and will only permit operators to launch and land SUAs where it will not damage built heritage, how enjoyable the visitor experience is, or the natural environment.

All recreational and commercial operators must seek permission to launch and land SUAs at Trust properties from the Filming Manager. The Filming Manager will then consult the Property Manager of the property in question.

Commercial and recreational operators should enquire in writing to the Trust’s Filming Manager via email at Applicants should expect to wait up to 1 week for consent/refusal, and will need to provide the following:

• Public liability insurance for flying a drone (£2 million minimum)

• Risk Assessment and flight path

• Flyer ID and Operator ID (non-commercial flyers)

• CAA License (commercial flyers)

Please see our drone policy for more information.

Productions shot at Trust locations

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