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Film Friday: Glen Coe (Skyfall)


February 15, 2013 by Amanda

On occasional Fridays, I’ll be briefly profiling a specific location somewhere in the world that has been featured in a movie or TV show.

This week, the site is Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands.

Glencoe, Scotland

Glen Coe, a narrow U-shaped glen in Scotland’s Highlands region, is known for being heart-stoppingly beautiful, despite its often-moody weather and its dark past. It was here in 1692 that the infamous Massacre of Glencoe took place, in which 38 members of the MacDonald clan were betrayed and killed by members of the Campbell clan as the MacDonalds offered their hospitality to the Campbells. Because of this tragedy, Glen Coe is often said to mean “the Glen of Weeping.”

Because of its natural beauty and intriguing history, Glen Coe is already one of the top vacation spots in Scotland for people who love hiking and pretty scenery.

Glencoe, Scotland

But it’s bound to become even MORE popular in the near future.

Why? Because the latest James Bond film, “Skyfall,” shot a good portion of scenes in and around Glen Coe.


Screen capture from “Skyfall.”

When Bond and M head up into the Highlands to Bond’s boyhood home, Glen Coe is shown off beautifully in multiple scenes. In fact, this is one movie that is bound to convince a lot of people to book a trip to Scotland.


Screen capture from “Skyfall.”

VisitScotland has latched onto this fact, using Bond as a selling point for Glen Coe and the Highlands, and citing the film as one of the reasons that Scotland was named the top destination in the world for 2013 by CNN Travel.

Not that it really needs selling, of course. Who WOULDN’T want to go here?!

Glencoe, Scotland


Is Glen Coe on YOUR must-visit list?



1 comment »

  1. […] most foreboding valleys – Glen Coe, site of the Glencoe massacre (and seen in James Bond’s Skyfall). The West Highland way walkway passes through here and there are plenty of walks (and climbing if […]

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