Glencoe: road to the ancestral home of James Bond
Travel through iconic Scottish landscape recreating scenes from Skyfall and Harry Potter
Even before Skyfall (2012) was released, James Bond had strong ties with Scotland. Sir Sean Connery, who’s from Edinburgh, played the first Bond on screen – and writer Ian Fleming was so taken with this Scottish connection that he wrote 007’s Scottish ancestry into a later novel.
In Skyfall, Glencoe is used to stunning, dramatic effect. It’s a thrilling interlude after an action-packed sequence of events: Daniel Craig’s Bond has just chased former MI6-agent-gone-bad Silva (Javier Bardem) through the London Underground. After a bomb goes off on an empty tube train, Silva attacks M (Judi Dench) at a public inquiry, before she’s saved by Bond and two other agents. In an attempt to keep M safe, Bond takes her to his family home, Skyfall. It’s in this memorable scene that the two drive up the A82 – not the A9 as the film states! – before the film’s explosive ending.
Fancy yourself a Bond in disguise? Come to Glencoe and recreate the scene from Skyfall as you drive through the magnificent valley in your car – Aston Martins not required.
Harry Potter fans will recognise Glencoe too. In the third film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), the scenes featuring Hagrid’s hut were filmed on location in the glen. Scenes in the sixth instalment, The Half-Blood Prince (2009), were also filmed here.
Before anyone had heard of Taken, Liam Neeson filmed Rob Roy (1995) – a romantic adaptation of Walter Scott’s classic novel – in Glencoe. And 80s movie buffs should visit Buachaille Etive Beag in the glen, near which the battle scene at the start of Highlander (1986) was filmed.