Scotland the Brave

This summer Pixar released its 13th feature film – and its first with a female lead.  The movie is titled Brave, and tells the story of a young Scottish woman and her clash with tradition – and her mother’s expectations.  I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, especially because it was about Scotland.  The title itself is inspired by the song Scotland the Brave, the unofficial national anthem.

When the first trailer for Brave was shown last year, I knew I had to go.  I’ve always loved reading about Scotland and seeing films set there.  And apparently I’m not the only one.  Scottish history, full of adventure and clans and rebellion, has been a staple of movies and TV series from the beginning.  Shakespeare’s MacBeth has been told and retold and analyzed numerous times.  In addition, well-known Scots have been the subject of many films.  But we also have films and series set in more modern times, giving us a look at the wide range of Scottish life, from idyllic settings to gritty drama, from legend and fantasy to harsh reality.

Family Fare – both G and PG rated

Bonnie Prince Charlie
Chariots of Fire
Greyfriars Bobby
Local Hero
Monarch of the Glen
Ring of Bright Water
The Three Lives of Thomasina
The Water Horse


More Grown-Up Fare

The Big Tease
Case Histories
The Flying Scotsman
Hamish Macbeth
Mrs. Brown
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Rob Roy


If you’d prefer a documentary or a look at the land and people of Scotland with an eye for travel, check out the following titles.
The Beast of Loch Ness
The Castles of Scotland
A History of Scotland
On the Whisky Trail
Passport to Europe. England, Ireland & Scotland : with Samantha Brown
Rick Steves’ Ireland & Scotland
Scotland Revealed
Visions of Scotland


At a later time, I shall return to a Scotland inspired blog on the incredibly talented actors and actresses from this beautiful country.  Any favorites I should consider?  Or are there favorite movies or TV series I've left out?  Just let me know.  Thanks!