IMG_6693 copyHard to believe, but it is the 20th anniversary of the filming of Braveheart this year.  Mel Gibson’s film about William Wallace, which went on to win five Oscars, including best picture, was filmed in 1994 and released in 1995. Whilst there is great pride in Scotland about the film, with its heroic deeds and stirring action, it became to mean so much more. Shouting the word “freedom” in Scotland and it brings out the inner warrior. Whilst historically, there were a number of inaccuracies, as a story it is a great tale and one that is part of the DNA of Scotland.

Scotland was used for various scenes for Braveheart and shooting took place around Loch Leven, Glen Coe, Glen Nevis and in the streets of Edinburgh. The shots of Glen Nevis are particularly memorable and this scenic area is well used to filming, with many outside scenes for the Harry Potter films shot here as well. A public road runs for 10 km up the glen, becoming a single track after 7 km. Glen Nevis has the highest mountains in the British Isles, with Ben Nevis, Càrn Mor Dearg, Aonach Mòr, and Aonach Beag. At its foot is the town of Fort William.

This amazing holiday house, the Victorian Fishing Lodge can be found nestled in a quiet glen in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Built in 1870, this is a lovely large holiday house which is ideal for groups of 14 adults, who want a self-catering holiday house in an area known for a wide range of activities. In fact, the location is excellent for all ages, with the Fort William area known as the “outdoor capital of Scotland”. Why not be a braveheart and walk in the footsteps of Mel Gibson and find out more today about booking your holiday at Scotts Castle Holidays?