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17 Jan 2019

Scenery’s supporting role for Mary Queen of Scots

Saoirse Ronan as Mary, Queen of Scots - image © 2018 Universal Pictures
Mary Queen of Scots - image © 2018 Universal Pictures
Scotland’s most famous glen features in the new Mary Queen of Scots film.

Glencoe’s good looks are set to grace the big screen once again in the brand new blockbuster inspired by Scottish history, Mary Queen of Scots (released 18 January 2019 by Universal Pictures presents in association with Perfect World Pictures a Working Title production).

Scotland’s most famous glen is something of a mecca for film-makers. Its dramatic landscape, brooding sky and unique atmosphere have attracted some of the biggest productions made in Scotland in recent years, including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Skyfall (2012) and Outlaw King (2018).

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Mary Queen of Scots shot pivotal scenes featuring Saoirse Ronan as Mary at General Wade Road and the Three Sisters, at the location which is under the protection of our conservation charity.

Although the crew’s time in the area was short, it made a huge impression on Ronan.

“The energy you got from being up in the mountains at Glen Coe was stunning, Mary is so connected to the land and is so in touch with the world she is a part of, so to be able to feed off of that in Scotland was amazing.”
Saoirse Ronan

Filming Manager Anna Rathband: ‘Glencoe looks amazing on screen and it was great to be involved in a project that features such an interesting Scottish story.’

The Trust has other links with Mary, Queen of Scots, as it cares for Falkland Palace and Alloa Tower, places where young Mary spent time and, it’s said, held in great affection.

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