The Castle will be closed during the morning of 17th July for essential maintenance activity, we hope to be open by the afternoon. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Spectacular sunrises and moody seascapes

Perched on a cliff-top amidst striking scenery with stunning seascape views, it’s not hard to understand why the beauty of this outstanding location has been captured on the silver screen on numerous occasions. From Hamlet featuring Mel Gibson to being the inspiration to Disney's Brave, the Castle provides a dramatic and evocative film location which has attracted national and international interest.


Spectacular sunrises and moody seascapes or rugged cliffs and fertile farm land, this location ticks all of the boxes for filming and photography no matter what the scale.


Everything from dark vaults and chambers to the restored drawing room and expansive bowling green, this cliff-top ruin has a wide range of angles to capture on film or camera.


Victor Frankenstein featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Hamlet featuring Mel Gibson and Secret Scotland with Susan Calman. The cover of Harper’s Bazaar and Country Life magazines.


Professional filming and photography can be facilitated at Dunnottar Castle and the surrounding area. Please download our Guide to Filming & Photography at Dunnottar Castle here.

You must apply for consent to undertake professional filming or photography at Dunnottar Castle. Unauthorised or unannounced filming or photography will not be permitted (including wedding photography).

Begin the application process by contacting us via the 'Filming & Photography Request Form' found below and a member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible. Please provide all requested information.

Please note that enquiries must be submitted at least a month prior to the desired date for filming/photography.

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Filming & Photography Request Form

A site-specific risk assessment will require to be provided a minimum of 2 weeks before filming commences
DRONE FILMING: The following elements will be required at least 2 weeks before filming before permission to film will be issued: 1. Proof of £10m public liability insurance for operator on flight date 2. UAV site-specific risk assessment 3. Method statement, e.g. flight paths, spotter locations 4. Operator ID 5. CAA operational authorisation

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