Photography and Filming


Information on how to buy images of Scotland, what films have been shot in Scotland and the agencies who help film-makers in Scotland.


Digital Media Library


VisitScotland provides a range of free to use images which you can browse and download by registering for an account with our Digital Media Library. Registering is free, quick and easy, and requests are usually approved within 24 hours. As soon as you request an account you will be able to browse images without the option to download. Once your account has been approved you will be able to download up to 30 images per month for free.

Galleries available include regional image banks and themed galleries such as: Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017, Food & Drink, Discover, Cities, Ancestral, Active and Accessible Tourism.


Scottish Viewpoint


If you are looking for specific images, a larger volume of photographs or a wider selection visit Scottish Viewpoint - an independent photo library which holds the largest collection of images of Scotland in the world.


This image service is a paid for service available for use by anyone requiring images of Scotland. To view and select images go to


Sharing your images


If you have any photographs you would like to share with VisitScotland, please email our Multimedia Team to discuss content in the first instance:


Media and Press

For Media requests for photography and video please visit our Contacts section on our Media Centre or email


Filming in Scotland


Scotland offers spectacular and versatile film locations, filled with breathtaking scenery and culture.

The six major cities are surrounded by:

  • amazing wildlife
  • beautiful beaches
  • lochs
  • dramatic glens
  • historical buildings and towns

Easy access around the country and minimal location fees, professional facilities and innovative funding opportunities make Scotland a competitive and film-friendly location.




One of the by-products of being an established location for filming is ‘Set-jetting’. This is where film fans will visit the locations of their favourite movies or television shows. Forty per cent of visitors to the UK are inspired to go somewhere after seeing it on film or on television.


There is nothing like a wide-screen hit movie for selling a location to prospective holiday-makers – and Scotland has provided the perfect backdrop for several major and award-winning titles including:

  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Braveheart
  • The Harry Potter series
  • Stardust
  • Local Hero
  • Sunshine on Leith
  • One Day
  • Skyfall
  • Prometheus
  • Outlander - the television adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's hugely popular time travel romance novels shot entirely on location in Scotland

VisitScotland works hard with its partners to ensure that Scotland benefits from the positive impact of the film industry.


Local contacts for filming in Scotland


Creative Scotland

The locations service, 'Scottish Screen Locations', provides a free confidential service to anyone who wants to film in Scotland. E-mail locations@creativescotland  website:


Aberdeen City and Shire Film Office

A free, confidential service to UK film production companies wishing to locate in Aberdeen City and Shire and also in kind support to indigenous filmmakers - website:



Edinburgh Film Focus

The film commission for Edinburgh, the Lothians and Scottish Borders, aiming to make film shoots in these areas run as smoothly as possible in a film friendly environment - website:



FifeScreen & TayScreen

The UK screen commission serving Angus, Dundee City, Fife and Perth and Kinross - website:



Glasgow Film Office

The film commission for Glasgow, Scotland's largest city offering services for features, television, commercials, short films and music videos - website:


Scottish Highlands and Islands Film Commission

Offer a free and confidential service to the film, television and commercial production community. Its remit covers the geographical areas covered by five local authorities: the Highland Council, Argyll and Bute Council, Moray Council, Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council - website:



All enquiries should be made to Stirling Council's Events & Film Liaison Executive on 01786 442535


South West Scotland Screen Commission

Provides a free and confidential location finding service for the region of Dumfries and Galloway to all film and TV professionals - website:




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