A new film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword directed by Guy Ritchie hits UK cinemas on 24 March 2017.
Scotland is the land of myths and legends, with stories of the Loch Ness Monster, to the mystical ‘Kelpie’ and ‘Selkie’ and provides some of the locations for the film as well as offering walkers the chance to follow in the King’s own footsteps with links to the Arthurian legend to explore.
Not only does the stunning Quiraing on the Isle of Skye serve as a filming location in the new film, but also Scotland is home to many connections to the Arthurian legend:
In Edinburgh, visitors can walk up Arthur’s Seat overlooking the historic city and could be standing where King Arthur and his knights once stood.
Stirling Castle is home to a Round Table, also known as the King’s Knot, which is in a field below the castle and which some experts believe belonged to King Arthur.
Drumelzier, a small town in the Scottish Borders, has an association with the King Arthur legend; Merlin is portrayed as a wild prophet of the woods, and it is said the grave of Merlin is located there.
There are other sites that are said to have links to the legend: Arthur’s Craigs in the west of Lanark; Arthurshiels Farm, north of Biggar and Loch Arthur in Dumfries. Loch Lomond is a large lake about twenty miles northwest of Glasgow. Geoffrey of Monmouth tells of an offensive by King Arthur against the Picts and Scots at Loch Lomand.
Guinevere also has her place in Scottish mythology. Outside Meigle, in Perthshire, a Pictish standing stone is said to depict Guinevere’s death. She is shown being pulled apart by dogs, punishment for her infidelity.
A visit to Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness is ideal for a glimpse of medieval life and to be captivated by wild natural beauty and 1,000 years of history. Keep an eye out for Nessie from atop its towers!