When Bollywood Meets Scotland

Did you know that the featuring of UK locations and landmarks in films and television will lead to 20% of viewers being encouraged to discover the destination themselves?


When you think of films set in Scotland that fully highlight its beautiful and unique landscape, the films that would normally come to mind may be Disney’s Brave, or some of those iconic scenes in Skyfall. However, Sunshine in Leith is not the only film to feature colourful musical and dance numbers on the streets of Scotland. It is not a connection that many are aware of, but it is true, many a Bollywood movie has been set and filmed in Scotland. In fact over 23 Bollywood movies during the past two decades have utilised and captured the landmarks and landscape of Scotland to help weave their story. This has entailed many a famous Bollywood cast and crew creating iconic moments against some of Scotland’s most famous sights.


It is a pertinent time to consider this connection because this year VisitScotland has launched its own Bollywood map of Scotland to encourage the 34,000 visitors we get from India to visit some of these iconic settings. This will help promote Scotland as the Bollywood destination; where Indian visitors can see in person the sights from famous Bollywood movies filmed in Scotland and to live their favourite character’s stories themselves. 


It is a fascinating journey which encompasses some of the most stunning scenery in the world and nothing can beat seeing the movies, quite like living them.


This summer why not let The Spires organise your accommodation needs to assist your travellers with their journey around Scotland?


Itinerary example:


Day 1: Fly into Birmingham on the daily Air India flight from Delhi.

Day 2: Explore Birmingham - a city with so much to offer for families and some of the best Indian cuisine to be found outside of India.

Day 3: Travel by train to Glasgow through the Lake District.

Day 4: Explore all of the movie locations using the map in Glasgow.

Day 5: Travel by train to Edinburgh and explore the movie locations as well as some time for sightseeing and shopping.

Day 6: Pick up rental car and travel up the east coast of Scotland to Aberdeen visiting movie locations en-route.

Day 7: Travel from Aberdeen to Inverness to visit Loch Ness and to try and catch a glimpse of the legendary monster (accommodation can be sourced through our network partners).

Day 8: Travel down the west coast of Scotland visiting varioius movie locations then arriving in Glasgow in the evening.

Day 9:  Either fly home from Glasgow or travel by train down to London.


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