Animated tale Brave to be screened in 800-year-old Blair Atholl Castle

Stunning scene: Blair Atholl Castle in Perthshire will be screening Brave this week
Stunning scene: Blair Atholl Castle in Perthshire will be screening Brave this week©Patrick Dieudonne/Robert Harding/Rex Features

Movie lovers can catch animated blockbuster Brave in the stunning setting of Blair Atholl Castle from today, with the historic venue screening the newly-released film for the next four days.

Audiences will be able to watch the fairytale-with-a-twist in the stunning surroundings of the castle’s atmospheric ballroom, which is home to over 200 stag antlers as well as armour and swords collected by previous Dukes of the castle.

As well as enjoys the historic setting, film fans will be able to enjoy cinema favourites including popcorn and ice cream, as they watch the animated spectacular, which tells the story of a feisty flame-haired princess called Merida, who refuses to follow the path laid out for her in life. Based in the stunning Highlands in a mythical setting, the film is tipped to boost the country's economy by around £140 million.

The film opened on August 3 in Scotland (before it goes on general release around the rest of the UK on August 13) and Blair Atholl Castle is able to screen it in the historic venue thanks to Film Mobile Scotland, a rural cinema company which brings the latest blockbusters to local areas around the country.

Mike Dukes, Visitor Services Manager at Atholl Estates and Blair Castle said: “The film has been set within a historic Scottish castle, so what better way for film goers to experience the film than at Blair Castle.

“Our ballroom is already very atmospheric but once filled with up to 400 cinema goers, a large cinema screen and surround sound; it really will give you goosebumps!

“It is very exciting for us to be able to show the film during the first week of its release in Scotland, and we encourage children attending our screenings to get into the real spirit of the film and get dressed as their favourite character."

Ian Brown, owner of Film Mobile Scotland, added: “We are thrilled to have the chance to screen Brave in the majestic Blair Castle ballroom. It is the perfect setting for such a magical tale and is exactly the kind of unique venue that we look for when taking our rural cinema to communities throughout Scotland.”

As well as showing Brave from today (August 6) until Thursday August 9, the castle is also running a whole host of Brave-themed activities celebrating the history and myths of a real highland clan.

These include archery in the castle grounds – one of feisty Merida’s favourite pastimes –a clan hunt, and Diana’s Trail, challening children to follow Goddess of Hunting Diana’s trail to see what mysterious ancient features can be found in the gardens of the Castle.

Screenings of Brave take place at the castle from August 6-9 at :15pm and 7:30pm in the ballroom. Prices are £6.95 for adults, £5.65 for children or £22.90 for a family (2+2 or 3+1). You can book tickets online at: or by phone 01796 481207. Tickets can also be bought on the door on the evening.


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