Skyfall IRL: MTV Visits The Scottish Highlands
Want to follow in the steps of Bond? This is the way to experience 00- Travel Heaven...
Fiction-Land: 007’s 23rd on-screen adventure broke countless records, and for good reason. Not only did it have the best Bond story in decades (actual character progression - hoorah!) but it boasted a truly globe-trotting carbon emission stamp that made Shanghai, Istanbul and London look as sexy as everyone’s crumple-faced secret agent himself. But the real standout location? None other than the not-exactly-as-glamorous-sounding Scotland. And specifically, the Highlands.
For when Bond and M are targeted for execution by the nefarious/camp-as-Christmas super-villain Silva, James decides to semi-kidnap M and flee for safe ground. That ground being the site of his childhood home, the titular ‘Skyfall’, which happens to be located in the middle of the Scottish wilderness. Cue sweeping, spectacular shots of the most stunning panoramic landscapes this side of The Lord of the Rings.
IRL: Skyfall’s Intro to Scottish Scenery 101 is as jaw-dropping as they come, with a stunning aerial shot following Bond’s vintage Aston Martin DB5 as it carves a line through a sparse, gargantuan glen, before Bond and M turn into the titular lodge on the banks of a loch.
The driving sequence was filmed along the A82 in the Glencoe mountain region, and the road that veers off down towards Glen Etive; specifically, in-between the peaks of Buachaille Etive Mor and Buachaille Etive Beag. As long as you have a car, it’s easy to get to - but WARNING - once you’re there, it’s pretty darn hard to leave.
FILM NERD SIDE-NOTE: The same Glen has been used for notable scenes in multiple Harry Potter films, Braveheart and The 39 Steps. If you’re looking for something a little more suave, then hotels in the area support the Bond-ian lifestyle (check out the suitably lodge-y looking Isle of Eriska, which even has a James Bond Package to help you feel like the man himself.
Truth or Balderdash? While Skyfall Lodge itself doesn’t exist, Dalness Lodge - which doubled for the Lodge in certain shots - certainly does. And you can only chuffing hire it! The scenery thought is 100% IRL. No SFX needed.
Must Do: Just driving the road itself is spectacular enough. We personally advise slowing to a crawl, just on the off-chance you come face to face with the area’s over-abundance of stags.
Selfie Mustie: Like we just said, the stags. ALL OF THE STAGS.
Written By: @spliggle
TAKE MY MONEY NOW: Glen Etive is almost equal distances between Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness airports. Grab a car from any airport rental company, and you’re away.