Films Set in Edinburgh

Last night, the world premiere of the much anticipated movie T2 Trainspotting was held in Edinburgh. Director Danny Boyle was in attendance at the ‘orange carpet’ event along with author Irvine Welsh and stars Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner. The rest of us will get a chance to see the film from Friday 27th January, when it is released nationwide.
We’ve been looking forward to this sequel to the 1996 hit Trainspotting, ever since we spotted the crew filming on Princes Street back in July last year. All this excitement got us thinking about the many great movies that have been set in Edinburgh over the years. Here are some of our favourites …

The 39 Steps (1935)

The 39 StepsThis classic Hitchcock thriller was filmed mostly in the studio, but there is a very memorable scene where the character Richard Hannay goes on the run to Scotland, featuring Edinburgh’s Forth Rail Bridge. We have a soft spot for this film at The Dunstane, as our owners’ first ever guest house in Edinburgh was named ‘The 39 Steps’.
Visit the locations: Take a train from Edinburgh to Fife and you’ll get to travel over the Forth Rail Bridge, where Hannay lept from a train onto the girders and escaped.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieThe story follows Miss Brodie, a teacher at an Edinburgh school for girls in the 1930s with a romanticised view of the world, and her impressionable ‘set’ of favourite pupils. Maggie Smith received a ‘Best Actress’ Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for her role as Miss Brodie.
Visit the locations: Various Edinburgh locations were used in this film, including the Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Kirkyard, National Museum of Scotland and Miss Brodie’s house at 5 Admiral Terrace.

Trainspotting (1996)

TrainspottingSet in Edinburgh, the original Trainspotting movie is an adaptation of the gritty, hard-hitting novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh and features shocking scenes of drug use and violence. The film received critical acclaim and is frequently voted as one of the best films of all time.
Visit the locations: Although most of the scenes were actually filmed in Glasgow, the iconic opening chase scene was filmed on Princes Street, Edinburgh’s most popular shopping street.


The Da Vinci Code (2006)

The Da Vinci CodeHolywood came to Scotland in 2006 to shoot a scene for the Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tatou. Their characters come to the ancient Rosslyn Chapel in a small village called Roslin just south of Edinburgh, to get the final clue to solve a two thousand year old mystery.
Visit the locations: Roslin village can be reached by bus from Edinburgh in under an hour and Rosslyn Chapel is just a few minutes walk from there.


Sunshine on Leith (2013)

Sunshine on LeithSunshine on Leith is a jukebox musical featuring songs by Scottish band The Proclaimers. It tells the story of two friends returning to their families in Edinburgh after serving in Afghanistan. This film really shows off the beauty of our stunning city, including many popular views and landmarks.
Visit the locations: Leith shore, Calton Hill, The Royal Mile, The Grassmarket, The Mound and Princes Street Gardens provide just some of the backdrops for this movie.