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Article published 06/11/2018

Two of Scotland’s top bloggers will battle it out to visit as many film and real-life locations associated with Robert the Bruce in under 36 hours, to celebrate the release of Outlaw King on NETFLIX.

Neil Robertson and David Weinczok, who form part of social media collective, Scotlanders, will take on the challenge set by VisitScotland, between 10 and 11 November, connecting social media users with the true story of the King of Scots.

Film fans will be able to take a virtual tour of the filming locations by tracking Neil’s movements using the hashtag #ReelOutlawKing, while history buffs can explore the real historical sites linked to the Bruce through David and the hashtag #RealOutlawKing, on both Twitter and Instagram. The challenge will begin at 10am on Saturday 10 November.

During the challenge, the bloggers will come face-to-face at The Battle of Bannockburn at 1.14pm (1314 – in reference to the year that the Battle of Bannockburn took place) on Saturday, before finally coming together again on Sunday at Dunfermline Abbey, home to the Abbey Church which contains the resting place of the real Robert the Bruce.

Outlaw King will be released globally on NETFLIX on Friday 9 November and was shot entirely in Scotland (according to the borders of 1320). It’s said to be the largest production, budget-wise, to be made in the country to date.

Dozens of locations were used in the production, including Craigmillar Castle, Blackness Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Glen Coe, Dunfermline Abbey, the University of Glasgow and the Isle of Skye.

Starring Chris Pine (Star Trek) as Robert the Bruce and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) as James Douglas and directed by David MacKenzie (of Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water), Outlaw King tells the story of Robert the Bruce, from defeated nobleman in 1304 to victorious King of Scots at the Battle of Loudoun Hill in 1307.

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.

Robert the Bruce is a Scottish icon whose story enthrals visitors from across the globe and we’re excited to see so much of Scotland on screen in Outlaw King and streaming straight into the homes of millions of Netflix subscribers.

Outlaw King presents an excellent opportunity for the Scottish tourism industry to turn viewers into visitors, especially as Scotland offers film fans the unique chance to not only walk in the footsteps of its on-screen stars but also those of their real-life counterparts.

We hope the Scotlanders’ whistle-stop tour of locations during the film’s launch weekend will provide inspiration for potential visitors, with its behind-the-scenes glimpse at the real and reel life of Robert the Bruce.

Jenni Steele, Film and Creative Industries Manager at VisitScotland

You can also keep up with Scotlanders Neil and David blogging at Travels with a Kilt and The Castle Hunter, respectively.