Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders

East Lothian on Screen


This week, Film Edinburgh joined VisitScotland, Gordon Hamilton of Hamilton & Young, and Marjory Morrow of Carberry Tower to discuss tourism businesses with East Lothian's hospitality businesses.

Mary Queen of Scots filming at Seacliff Beach, East Lothian

Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders’ film office sits within Marketing Edinburgh in recognition of the fantastic opportunities presented by a successful film or TV series. Some of course have more impact than others, but lately East Lothian has had a particularly good yield, Mary Queen of Scots, Outlaw King and Outlander all choosing East Lothian as their filming location. Outlander filmed at the palladian country house Newhailes, while both Mary Queen of Scots and Outlaw King filmed at Seacliff Beach.

Outlander season 4 filming at Newhailes, East Lothian

Since filming at Craigmillar Castle for season 3 of Outlander, visitor numbers have soared 75%. We have seen the birth of Outlander-inspired tours across Scotland, taking Outlander-hungry fans to locations featured in the books and series, with similar tours for recent releases Mary Queen of Scots and Outlaw King also available.

The venue for the occasion, Carberry House, itself historically connected to Mary Queen of Scots, has created a hospitality package to appeal to tourists inspired by the Mary Queen of Scots movie and by the medieval queen's history. Hamilton & Young have created a line of jewellery that is inspired by Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books.

If you are interested in the possibility of location filming at your property, you can register, free of charge, with Film Edinburgh.

If you are interested in business opportunities, you can find further information through Convention Edinburgh.

Find out more about the films that have chosen Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders as their backdrop by visiting our Filmed Here pages.