It’s no secret that Edinburgh has an extraordinary mix of architectural styles, from the medieval Old Town to the Georgian facades of the New Town and contemporary design in the waterside penthouses of Leith. It’s partly why the city is so popular with film location managers and the reason the city has been the setting for any number of well-known films as well as television series such as Rebus (making the Oxford Bar a must-find for fans of the detective). Ken Loach’s Angel’s Share recently featured Princes Street Gardens big-time; One Day made Moray Place and Parliament Square stars of the screen, a flat in North East Circus Place was almost a character in itself in the menacing Shallow Grave, while Sunshine on Leith – well, the key’s in the title.

Further afield in East Lothian, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman had North Berwick locals swooning when they filmed part of The Railway Man in the seaside town, while Scarlet Johansson was spotted floating about Tantallon Castle for Under the Skin. Less obviously, the interior of Mornay’s castle in Braveheart was in fact Edinburgh City Chamber on the High Street and the Harry Potter films, while mostly filmed at Alnwick Castle, also featured Edinburgh’s Fettes College in some of the Hogwarts scenes.

We’ll be writing about how to turn your own home into a potential film and photoshoot location next month; but for now, why not catch a new film at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival or just grab some popcorn and feast your eyes on these scene-stealers in the meantime. You never know, one of them might just pass the audition...

Eskhill House, Inveresk Village

Utterly breathtaking, this 18th century, B listed, 6 bedroom dream of a house is approached through imposing stone pillars and has everything you could wish for – magnificent fireplaces, a sweeping staircase (think Gone with the Wind) and grounds to rival Downton Abbey. And all within 7 miles of Edinburgh. No sequels here – it is truly a one-off property of grandeur, beauty and dripping with history. 

5 Brandon Street, Edinburgh

An exceptional 2 bedroom apartment in Edinburgh’s New Town. Georgian elegance meets contemporary style, a bit David Tennant with a hint of Daniel Craig.

203 Royal Crescent, Edinburgh

This beauty is not a million miles away from the Shallow Grave location at Royal Circus, but you don’t need to worry about anything sinister here – just revel in the stunning space and style that doesn’t miss a trick. Sheer glamour and beautiful materials throughout – we can see Brad and Angelina here...


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