Two of Scotland’s top bloggers will battle it out to visit as many film and real-life locations associated with Robert the Bruce in under 36 hours, as VisitScotland celebrates the release of Outlaw King on Netflix.
Neil Robertson and David Weinczok, who form part of social media collective, Scotlanders, will take on the challenge set by the national tourism organisation, between 10 and 11 November, connecting social media users with the true story of the King of Scots.
Film fans will be able to take a virtual tour of the filming locations by tracking Neil’s movements using the hashtag #ReelOutlawKing, while history buffs can explore the real historical sites linked to the Bruce through David and the hashtag #RealOutlawKing, on both Twitter and Instagram.
The challenge will begin at 10am on Saturday.
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During the challenge, they will come face-to-face at The Battle of Bannockburn at 1.14pm (1314 – in reference to the year that the Battle of Bannockburn took place) on the Saturday, before finally coming together again on Sunday at Dunfermline Abbey, home to the Abbey Church which contains the resting place of the real Robert the Bruce. Other locations the Scotlanders will visit include Glasgow Cathedral, Arbroath Abbey, Mugdock Country Park, Scone Palace and Loudoun Hill.
Outlaw King, released globally on Friday, was shot entirely in Scotland (according to the borders of 1320) and is said to be the largest production, budget-wise, to be made in the country to date.
Starring Chris Pine (Star Trek) as the Bruce and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick Ass) as James Douglas and directed by David MacKenzie, Outlaw King tells the story of Robert the Bruce, from defeated nobleman in 1304 to victorious King of Scots at the Battle of Loudoun Hill in 1307.
With one in five visitors inspired to come here after seeing Scotland on the big or small screen, VisitScotland expects visitor numbers to grow further on the back of its release.
Jenni Steele, film and creative industries manager at VisitScotland, said: “Robert the Bruce is a Scottish icon whose story enthrals visitors from across the globe and we’re excited to see so much of Scotland on screen in Outlaw King and streaming straight into the homes of millions of Netflix subscribers.
“Outlaw King presents an excellent opportunity for the Scottish tourism industry to turn viewers into visitors, especially as Scotland offers film fans the unique chance to not only walk in the footsteps of its on-screen stars but also those of their real-life counterparts.
Neil Robertson said: “David and I are both long-term fanatics when it comes to exploring Scotland’s past and we’ll be visiting a diverse range of locations, over what will be a very action-packed weekend, to pay tribute to both Bruce’s personal story and to the carefully-selected filming locations for Outlaw King.
“His was an extraordinary political and military adventure during one of the most tumultuous chapters in Scotland’s history and we are delighted to be able to re-create at least some of it for digital audiences around the world for this campaign. Castles, cathedrals, abbeys, parks, coastal cliffs and more await as we aim to show why nowhere does historic drama better than Scotland.”
Film locations from Outlaw King include:
Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh, which stars as Robert the Bruce’s castle and village.
Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian, features as both Perth Castle and Scone Abbey.
St Michael’s Chapel in the grounds of Linlithgow Palace stars as Bruce’s castle chapel where he is married to Elizabeth.
Mugdock Country Park which features in the climactic battle between the Scots and English at Loudoun Hill.
Glasgow Cathedral stars as Greyfriars Church which played witness to the murder of Guardian of Scotland, John Comyn