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Scotland’s Crown-ing Glory


Award-winning Netflix series, The Crown, returns to screens for a star-studded fourth series on 15 November featuring some of the most dramatic backdrops and locations in Scotland. 

Featuring roughly 90 different locations across the UK including some grand estates and locations across the famous North Coast 500 driving route, the series heavily features the Highlands posing as royal residences and even places further afield.  Cosying up to watch The Crown is the perfect opportunity to enjoy rugged and wild Scotland from the comfort and warmth of one’s home and may even provide some inspiration for fans to explore other Royal links around Scotland when the timing’s right. 

The Crown follows the story of Queen Elizabeth II, played by Oscar-winning actor Olivia Colman (a role previously held by Claire Foy) from her wedding to present day with season four focusing particularly on the late 1970s through to 1990.  This series sees many poignant shifts in monarchy and society with Margaret Thatcher (played by Gillian Anderson) elected as the first female Prime Minister and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (played by Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin).  It is sure to be a binge-worthy watch this autumn and winter.  

Explore the Scottish locations featuring in The Crown season four:


Ardverikie EstateKinloch Laggan, Newtonmore, Inverness-shire

Scenes set in the majestic Royal residency and the monarch’s favoured summer retreat, Balmoral Castle, are shot at Ardverikie Estate near Newtonmore.  Originally made famous in BBC’s Monarch of Glen as the fictional Glenbogle Estate, the 19th century home is built in the same Scottish baronial style as Balmoral castle, making it the perfect, lavish backdrop for the series.  

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Rothiemurchus EstateRothiemurchus Centre, Aviemore

The famous Braemar Gathering, a traditional Highland Games, is recreated in series four slightly further north at Rothiemurchus Estate in Aviemore.  Traditionally, the Braemar Gathering takes place annually on the first Saturday of September in Braemar and has been part of the Royal calendar since 1832.  In 2020, the Braemar Gathering went virtual for the first time ever.   

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Lybster Harbour and Langwell EstateCaithness

Further north and situated on the famous North Coast 500 driving route, the Caithness and Wick areas are portrayed as many different locations in the series. Lybster Harbour and Langwell Estate are depicted as Leith Harbour and Grytviken in South Georgia, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic that was secured by the British during the Falklands war in 1982.  

Dunbeath EstateDunbeath, Caithness

Dunbeath Estate in Caithness, close to the North Coast 500 route, is shot as the River Hofsa in Iceland.  The thrilling cliff edges and roaring waves make for a dramatic backdrop to depict the land of fire and ice. The 17th century Dunbeath Castle is a private residence, so not open to the public, however the gardens are open by appointment all year round.  

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Keiss Harbour & Ackergill TowerWick, Caithness

Keiss Harbour and Ackergill Tower, also situated on the North Coast 500 route, play a role a bit closer to home as they are depicted as Classiebawn Castle and Mullaghmore in Ireland.   

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Whilst they may not feature as film locations in the upcoming season of The Crown, you can explore much more of Scotland’s royal heritage at:Balmoral CastleAberdeenshire

Located in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home to the Royal Family since 1852 and is frequently visited by The Queen and other members of the Royal family.  Originally purchased by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the well-loved royal residence and surrounding estate is open to visitors every year between April and July.  

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Edinburgh Castle

Set in the heart of Scotland’s capital and overlooking the city from a huge rock, Edinburgh Castle has been named one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe and has a long, rich history. The castle is the perfect place to discover the exciting stories of its time as a fortress, royal residence and as a prison of war.  Today the castle is open as a world-famous visitor attraction with virtual tours on offer for those who wish to explore from home.  

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The Palace of HolyroodhouseEdinburgh

Standing at the end of Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile and open throughout the year, The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence.  Former home to some of Scotland’s most iconic royal figures such as Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots, it is the perfect place to discover more about Scotland’s royal history.  

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The Royal Yacht BritanniaEdinburgh

Docked in Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal, The Royal Yacht Britannia, a former royal yacht, was in service for over 44 years. Travelling more than a million nautical miles, the ship provided the perfect residence for state visits, official receptions, family holidays and even Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s Royal honeymoon. Today the Royal Yacht is open for tours and private functions and even has a sister ship, Fingal, that operates a luxury floating hotel.  

The Royal Yacht Britannia is temporarily closed until further notice.  For more information and updates, please visit:  

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Scotland’s Crown-ing Glory

Award-winning Netflix series, The Crown, returns to screens for a star-studded fourth series on 15 November featuring some of the most dramatic backdrops and locations in Scotland.

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