Interactive map features film and historic locations

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An interactive map of Scotland featuring the film locations of Outlaw King and historic sites connected to Robert the Bruce has been produced by the national tourism organisation.

The launch of the online guide by VisitScotland is set to inspire visitors to explore the real history of the 14th-century king behind the Netflix film.

On the Trail of the Outlaw King highlights 20 filming locations and 24 sites linked to Robert the Bruce across the country, from Annandale in Dumfries and Galloway, where the King of Scots was raised, to Claigan Coral Beach on the Isle of Skye, which portrays the island of Islay in the film.

Outlaw King charts the story of Robert the Bruce (played by Chris Pine), from defeated nobleman in 1304 to victorious King of Scots at the Battle of Loudoun Hill in 1307.

David Mackenzie, director of Outlaw King, says he feels like he has been location scouting for the film his entire adult life – with the film being as much about the land itself as the King of Scots.

He said: ‘We tried to get as much of Scotland into the film as possible and in a way, it is about the land. I don’t think any film has really taken the image of this country to the level we have. It feels like I’ve been location scouting for this film all my adult life.’

Berwick-Upon-Tweed, which borders Scotland and England and was used as a filming location, also features in the VisitScotland guide as it notes that it ‘changed hands between England and Scotland no fewer than 14 times between the 13th and 14th centuries during the Wars of Scottish Independence’.

Users of the map can select an icon representing castles, landscapes, churches, and towns for a brief description of the importance of the location (film or historical) and a link for further detail.

With one in five visitors inspired to come here after seeing Scotland on the big or small screen, VisitScotland expects visitor numbers to grow further with the release of Outlaw King.

Visit VisitScotland’s Outlaw King map at https://outlawking.visitscotland.com/