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Braveheart is a 1995 film starring Mel Gibson, which was set in medieval Scotland, filmed in Scotland and Ireland, and inspired by the events of a true historical story.

A monument inspired by Mel Gibson's depiction of William Wallace in the film Braveheart


Wallace Monument Stained glass William Wallace

Braveheart is a film about the history of William Wallace and Scottish independence in the late 13th century (see Medieval Britain and Ireland). It has been criticised as historically inaccurate but was a box-office success and a boon for Scottish tourism.



Loch Leven by Glencoe
  • 4 Loch Leven (Loch Leven (Highlands)). not to be confused with Loch Leven in Kinross    
Glen Nevis
  • 5 Glen Nevis (the foot of Ben Nevis) (near Fort William). The fictional village Lanark where Wallace was depicted as living was a set based on houses in St Kilda and filmed at Glen Nevis and dismantled following the completion of the film.    
  • 6 Mamore Mountains (Buchaille Etive Mor).    


Dunsoghly Castle

Much of the film was filmed in Ireland.

  • Dunsoghly Castle, Dunsoghly, Co. Dublin, Ireland (two miles northwest of Finglas, northern Dublin off the N2). not open to the public. depicts Edinburgh Castle in the film
  • Trim Castle. The fortified English town of ‘York’ is depicted by Trim Castle and also 'London Square' where Wallace is executed.
  • The Curragh Plains. depicts the Battle of Stirling Bridge

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