Starring role for the Borders in film guide

Tarzan and Jane at Floors Castle.
Tarzan and Jane at Floors Castle.

A new guide from VisitScotland shows the Borders’ enviable reputation as a cinematic destination.

Research has shown no fewer than 40 per cent of visitors to Scotland and the UK are inspired to come after seeing it on film or on television.

A Film Fan’s Odyssey contains details of more than 100 different films and television programmes either shot or set in Scotland, and many show the spectacular scenery of the Borders and its stunning heritage attractions.

The ruins of Hermitage Castle in Newcastleton were used in Mary Queen of Scots which starred some of British acting’s ‘royalty’, including Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson. And in Mrs Brown, Duns Castle doubles as Balmoral, and the stables at Manderston doubled for those at Windsor Castle.

Manderston also appears in The House of Mirth (2000), starring Gillian Anderson of The X-Files fame.

And perhaps most famously, Floors Castle in Kelso, took a central role in Greystoke – The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of The Apes.

Paula McDonald, VisitScotland regional director, said: “The beauty of The Scottish Borders has long cast its spell on visitors and film-makers alike, with our landscapes inspiring movie talent both in front and behind the camera.

“It’s fantastic to have so many of the region’s golden movie moments highlighted as part of this new guide.”