As Disney Pixar’s latest film, Brave, heads to cinemas, we’ve decided to take a look at the locations that inspired the filmmakers during their 2006 tour of Scotland.
The film features Highland princess, Merida (Kelly Macdonald), as she fights against her parents, King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), to change her fate. The film is set against a stunning animated version of the Scottish landscape, featuring castles, mountains, lochs and magical standing stones.
Keen to make the film look as authentic as possible, Brave’s creators started their research trip in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh, before travelling north to the Highlands, passing through Inverness and on to islands such as Lewis, Harris and Skye.
We’re teaming up with award winning Scottish tour operator, Rabbie’s Small Group Tours, to take a five day trip of the Highlands and Outer Hebrides, trying to find some of the locations that inspired sequences in Brave.
Jonathan Melville, who reviewed Brave for our sister site, ReelScotland, will be tweeting the trip from @CinematicScot and @jon_melville, with photos and video content, before rounding up the trip next week in a series of blog posts on this site. He’ll be heading to the following locations:
- Tuesday 12 June: Inverness and Ullapool
- Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 June: Isle of Lewis
- Friday 15 June: Isle of Harris and Isle of Skye
- Saturday 16 June: Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Fort William, Glencoe and Falls of Dochart
Finally, with Brave released in US cinemas on 22 June premiere taking place at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 30 June, we’ll create a downloadable map of the trip.
Visit the Brave Tour section to read the latest from the trip.