From the royal residence of Balmoral Estate to the breathtaking scenery at Castle of Mey, and the diamond dusted beaches of Caithness, the story of the Royal Family would not be complete without Scotland, a place that finds itself close to their hearts. Although filming was made a tad challenging due to the tumultuous Scottish weather, the series captures Scotland’s ineffable beauty and extraordinary character.
Although the real McCoy was unavailable, the house and grounds of 19th century Scottish baronial Ardverikie Estate stepped in to represent Balmoral Estate. Situated near Newtonmore in the Highlands, this shooting location acts as a resplendent backdrop, complete with vast, sweeping views. The royal picnic scene with The Queen Mother beside a meandering stream, among other Balmoral scenes, was captured within the woodland tree setting in Ardverikie.
Glenfeshie Estate near Kingussie is the filming location for the scene when Prime Minister Anthony Eden visits the Queen in Scotland. Situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Glenfeshie is praised for its alluring beauty and as a hot spot for deer, among myriad other wildlife. Today, this stunning estate is a popular shooting haunt and prides itself on excelling at conservation, while boasting natural regeneration of native pine Caledonian woodland.
New Slains Castle And Cruden Bay
Intriguing and imposing, New Slains Castle and the surrounding Cruden Bay area was chosen for exterior shots of Castle of Mey in Caithness and the neighbouring beaches. In The Crown, Cruden Bay acts as Castle of Mey’s beach, when the Queen Mother treks across the silver sands on horseback. The ruined castle, which is encompassed by the wild North Sea, is located in Aberdeenshire. Castle of Mey was a sanctuary for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother following the death of her husband King George VI. Many joyful summers were spent at this residence, which is praised for its exquisite gardens.
There is no denying that The Crown’s producers have orchestrated an immaculate job with portraying the importance of the intense bond between Scotland and the Royal Family. Using snippets of Scotland for filming only adds to the flawless production value and builds upon the story, the way it should be told. As stated by director Philip Martin for STV, ‘In terms of filming in Scotland or Africa, or around all over England, we’re trying to find the scale, the scope to really give the series a sense, beyond it just being filmic, of what the country really is.’