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Filming in Edinburgh

“I can honestly say that Film Edinburgh is one of the most useful film offices I’ve ever dealt with” (Duncan Muggoch, Location Manager)

Film Edinburgh is the local Film Commission for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. We market the city region as a filming destination, helping filmmakers identify potential locations, putting productions in touch with local crew and services, and ensuring that the city region has film-friendly policies in place so that we are ready to jump when filming takes place. Images of Edinburgh on the screen travel the world and promote the city region as an excellent place to live, visit, invest, study and work.

Film Tourism

Edinburgh is one of the most cinematic cities in the world and images of Edinburgh on screen contribute significantly to the branding of the capital, increasing the attraction of the city for business and leisure tourism alike.

If you loved the film why not visit some of the Edinburgh locations in the movie? We’ve highlighted the key Edinburgh hotspots featured in the movies giving you the opportunity to start exploring the city in the footsteps of your favourite film star! Find out more here


Edinburgh has a wealth of locations of all periods” Cindy Thomson, Location Manager, Cloud Atlas.

From city to coastline, medieval to modern, dramatic and domestic, the beauty of Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders is multi-layered. It’s all here. The Edinburgh Film Office provides a free service giving filmmakers access to local knowledge and a database of over 2000 locations.

Locations are right at the heart of our proposition to filmmakers and we are always looking for new properties to show filmmakers. If you are interested in the possibility of filming at your property, whatever it may be, please get in touch.

Production Guide

“We loved the Scottish crew” Andy Paterson, The Railway Man

To help us demonstrate the breadth of talent resident in the Edinburgh city region, the Edinburgh Film Office hosts a free searchable database of film crew and local services used by film, TV and stills productions.

Register for our free online database if you’re working in the film/TV sector or if you provide a film-related service, and are based in the Edinburgh city region.

Planning your shoot

Film Edinburgh acts as the first point of liaison for productions with the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Police. We have the contacts filmmakers will need for parking, road closures, police personnel, street furniture removal etc. For information on this please see our guides.

Rosie Ellison – Film Manager

0131 622 7337
[email protected]