Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders
Top Edinburgh Romances
Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders

Top Edinburgh Romances

Edinburgh is one of the 20 most romantic cities in the world. For Valentine's Day we take a look at some of the best romantic films shot in the Edinburgh city region.

One Day (2010)

Acclaimed director, Lone Scherfig (An Education), adapted David Nicholls' best-selling modern love story in 2010, with parts set and filmed in the capital.

Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway star as Dexter and Em. The pair meet on their graduation night in 1988 but the following day must go their seperate ways. But after just one day together, they begin a relationship that will last a lifetime.

Locations included Arthurs Seat where the production erected a helicopter pad, Warriston Close (Dex and Em run down the steps), Moray Place & Forres St (Dex runs into his parents on the morning after), Parliament Square, Calton Hill and Victoria Street/Terrace which was a triumph of cooperation from the wonderful bars, restaurants and shops on this busy commercial street.

Read what director Lone Scherfig had to say about her experiences filming in Edinburgh here.

Dexter Fletcher directed this feel-good musical based on Stephen Greenhorn's hit stage play of the same name, featuring the music of pop-folk band, The Proclaimers.

A story of 'love, home and family', we follow two friends, Davy and Ally, on their return to lifelong residence in Leith from a tour in Afghanistan.

Filming was three and a half weeks in winter 2012 and spring 2013 and there was indeed sunshine every day! Locations include Leith, Constitution Street, Bernard Street, Mound, Grassmarket, Shore, Calton Hill, North Bridge, Hanover St and Royal Mile.

For the film's finale - a 'flash mob' dance routine to 500 Miles with close to 500 extras - the production took over the Mound precinct for the best part of a week but amazingly didn't have to close the area to the public.

Read what Dexter Fletcher had to say about filming in Edinburgh.

Two Weeks in September (1967)
Serge Bourguignon's 1967 film starring Bridget Bardot and James Robertson Justice was filmed at Gullane Beach in East Lothian.

Mrs Brown (1997)
Queen Victoria's relationship with her servant, John Brown, is the focus of John Madden's film which was shot in Duns Castle and Manderston, and the coast line near Cockburnspath.

Hallam Foe (2006)
David MacKenzie's adaptation of Peter Jinks' novel about a boy with a voyeuristic penchant was shot on location in Edinburgh (Caledonian Hotel, Cockburn Street, City Art Centre) and on an estate in the Innerleithen valley in the Scottish Borders.