How imprecise was the film Braveheart


Braveheart was written in 1995 and directed by Mel Gibson, who also stars in the film as William Wallace. The film won five Academy Awards, including in the categories of Best Picture and Best Director. The story revolves around Scotland's struggle for independence and is based in part on true historical facts. However, due to tax subsidies, most of the film was shot in Ireland.

One of the few Scottish filming locations was the village of Lanark, where William Wallace grew up and later fell in love with the beautiful Murron (Catherine McCormack). The medieval village was in Glen Nevis Valley Erected at the foot of Ben Nevis, but completely dismantled after filming. Today only the Braveheart Car Park reminds of the valley's film appearance. The car park is located about 1.5 km east of Fort William on the Nevis River and is the best starting point for a hike through the valley.

By the way, Lanark really does exist. It is located about 50 km southeast of Glasgow. Further recordings were made in the Scottish Highlands in Loch Leven and Glen Coe, as well as on the Mamores, the summit of which Mel Gibson sprints over in the film. Glen Coe can be seen in the scene in which the English fortress is burned down and was also an important location in the James Bond film "Skyfall".

The Irish filming locations are all around 50 km from Dublin. The English city of York, for example, was built around the Trim Castle, a huge castle ruin. If you want, you can take a tour there. A few kilometers away is the Bective Abbeywhich served as the backdrop for Longshanks' castle and the dungeons. The Cistercian abbey from the 12th century is freely accessible all year round. In the north of Dublin is privately owned Dunsoghly Castle from 1450, which appears in the film as Edinburgh Castle. St. Nicholas Church, Dunsany Castle, in turn, served as Westminster Abbey.

Most of the interior photos were taken in the Dublin Ardmore Studios, on the grounds of which some battles were also staged. The studios have also filmed for “The Tudors” and “King Arthur”. Unfortunately, no tour of the studio premises is offered.

If you are interested in William Wallace, that's it Wallace Monument recommended in Stirling, northwest of Edinburgh. The 67 m high square tower was built in 1869 to commemorate him and houses a museum that is open all year round. It used to display William Wallace's sword and Mel Gibson's Braveheart movie costume.


Tour tip: Tour from Edinburgh into the Scottish Highlands and visit the Wallace Monument

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