Fortune Favours the Brave - Academy Award® for Scotland Set Film

  • 25 Feb 2013
Brave, Scotland

Hollywood shines a spotlight on the stunning scenery of Scotland with DisneyPixar’s “Brave” triumphing at the Oscars®.

DisneyPixar’s box-office smash hit “Brave” has won Best Animated Feature at this year’s 85th Academy Awards®, after previously scooping the same title at this year’s Golden Globes and BAFTAs.

VisitScotland, Scotland’s national tourism organisation, teamed up with The Walt Disney Company Europe, Middle East & Africa to promote Scottish tourism around the DisneyPixar film. This marked the first time that Disney has worked with a country’s tourism organisation on such a scale. VisitScotland hopes that millions of families who have seen “Brave” will also visit Scotland itself, the land that inspired the film.

Director of “Brave”, Mark Andrews said, "BRAVE began in Scotland where our imaginations were fuelled by the magnificence of the country and its people. This film has truly changed our fates, and from beginning to end it has been the adventure of a lifetime."

VisitScotland Chairman, Mike Cantlay, added, “Winning an Oscar® is the ultimate accolade for Brave and I would like to congratulate DisneyPixar on their success. Added to a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, this makes it a hat-trick of awards for this fantastic movie.

Brave has helped put our beautiful country into the hearts and minds of millions of people all over the world, while research has also shown that a third of people who have logged on to our website have been inspired about places to go and things to see in Scotland.”

“Brave” depicts the myths, legends and romance of Scotland, combining spectacular scenery, fascinating folklore, unique heritage, majestic castles and the legendary landscapes of this truly iconic country in the stunning animated form that DisneyPixar is renowned for.

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Why not include some “Brave” inspired activity in a visit to Scotland, find some suggestions below.

Walk amid Wildlife and Nature

Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, Perthshire

Visit the UK’s oldest nesting Osprey at the Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre. The Centre is situated in 98 hectares of beautiful Perthshire countryside.

Falls of Shin , Sutherland, North Highlands

Falls of Shin is one of the best places in all of Scotland to watch leaping salmon. The centre is easy to get to and centered in the beautiful northern Highlands.

Discover Ancient Castles

Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire

Visit one of the Scottish castles which inspired the filmmakers of Brave when they visited Scotland.

A dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress in a truly stunning setting.

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye

Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan once entirely encircled by the sea, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.

Explore Clans and Culture

Pictavia and Angus Pictish Trail, Angus

Pictavia tells the fascinating story of the Picts through a mixture of interactive exhibits, original artefacts and replicas. Follow the story of the Picts from the Roman invasion through to their battles with the Vikings. Listen to their music in the Tower of Sound, use touch-screen computers to investigate the mysteries of their carved stones, and experience the sights and sounds of Dunnichen in the Battle Tunnel.

Explore the myths and legends of Scotland’s standing stones

Callanish, Isle of Lewis

The magnificent Standing Stones of Callanish are famous worldwide. These ancient stones have an enigmatic, magical quality that never fails to move.

Ring of Brodgar, Orkney

The Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle And Henge, which is part of The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, is a truly spectacular stone circle. The ring is surrounded by a large circular ditch or henge.

Walk in beautiful forests

The Hermitage, Perthshire

Some of Europe’s oldest and most remarkable trees can be found in Perthshire. With the colours changing with the seasons, getting out and about in picturesque Perthshire is a treat at any time of year. The Hermitage is a wild garden of hidden grottos, viewing areas, bridges, waterfalls and amazing trees. It is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland and is popular with visitors who enjoy climbing up through the network of paths to find hidden views of the tumbling water amongst the dense woodland.

Galloway Forest Park

Explore the Galloway Forest Park - 300 square miles of lush green forest, heather-clad hills and tranquil valleys, home to an amazing variety of wildlife. Stargaze at night with the naked eye and witness over 7,000 stars at the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and one of only two in Europe. The park is also home to a wide range of fantastic mountain biking areas with trails and tracks for both seasoned cyclists and beginners.

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