Made of Honor (2008) is to Scotland what P.S. I Love You (2007) is to Ireland. They’re both late-noughties romantic films that are, erm, how to say this… God awful. Fortunately, they redeem themselves by providing wistful, wanderlust-inducing escapism. Yes, the Made of Honor filming locations in Scotland truly save the movie.
Patrick Dempsey stars in Made of Honor as Tom, a wily f*ckboy (though I think “playboy” was the technical term in 2008 but we’ve kicked it up a notch since then). Tom realises that he is in love with his best friend Hannah right before she gets engaged to a “wealthy Scot” named Colin. Kevin McKidd plays Colin, whom you may remember as Tommy in Trainspotting (1996). Hannah asks Tom to be her Maid of Honor, hence the punny title.
Made of Honor is also set in New York, but c’mon. I know you’re not interested in where they are. It’s all about the Scottish castles, baby! I was judgy at the top of this post but if you like this movie and want to visit the locations, then you are my people. So, let’s see where all the Made of Honor filming locations are in Scotland so you can visit them.
Made of Honor Filming Locations in Scotland
1. Clachaig Inn
The first Made of Honor film location in Scotland is when Tom called Hannah at her hotel while she’s away on her business trip. Hannah is staying at the Clachaig Inn near Glen Coe. Though it’s a huge inn with three bars and lots of parking, it’s not really near any of the major Scottish cities so I’m not 100% sure why she would be staying there! Though it has that country rustic aesthetic they were probably going for.
Interestingly, this inn is where I suggest you park to visit the filming location of Hagrid’s Hut in many of the Harry Potter films. It’s super close by! Like 5 minutes walk.
2. Glen Coe
It’s the film’s second trip to Scotland as the bridal party descend on the Highlands. There are a couple of establishing shots of the general Glen Coe area with some bagpipe music just so you’re sure they’re in Scotland. Because you can’t shoot an American movie in Scotland without including Glen Coe, it’s against the law I believe.
The first is shot is a bridge on the A82 road which crosses River Etive. I’ve pinned this bridge’s exact location on the google map at the top of the post. One thing that’s annoying about this shot is that the convoy of land rovers drive IN THE MIDDLE of the road like they’re the President or something. No sh*ts given.
Next, we briefly see The Three Sisters mountains in Glen Coe which they drive passed.
3. Glenelg and Kylerhea Ferry, Isle of Skye
Next, the Maid of Honor and the three bridesmaids (along with their cars) hop on the Glenelg and Kylerhea ferry. Glenelg is on the mainland and Kylerhea is on the Isle of Skye. It’s the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland and there is barely room for two cars on it.
Of course, there are plenty of other ways to reach the Isle of Skye but this is certainly one of the most novel options! I don’t think they transport sheep IRL, though.
I think the road next on the Kylerhea side is where Highland cows surround Hannah on her first visit to Scotland. And the little white lighthouse on the Glenelg side is visible in the scene where Tom decides to turn back and stop the wedding.
Read next: P.S. I Love You Filming Locations in Ireland
4. Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh
Made of Honor joins a long lineage of Eilean Donan Castle movies. Yes, there are a lot! Highlander (1986), The World is Not Enough (1999) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) are just a few. It also wins the award for most ridiculous use of this castle, because Made of Honor tries to pass it off as “one of” Colin’s family houses. This is apparently the smallest and least impressive. Lol. Still love that it’s included, though,
The Made of Honor castle AKA Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most popular Scottish landmarks and the most photographed castle in the country. It dates back to the 13th century and was a stronghold of Clan Mackenzie back in the day.
Unfortunately, only the exterior is utilized in the movie. You know, because it’s a bloody old castle and not a rich Scottish man’s house. Made of Honor shot the front entrance and main hall in Broughton Castle in Oxfordshire and some of the smaller rooms at Dorney Court in Berkshire, both in England.
5. Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye
In the next scene, the McMurray’s host some kind of local Highland Games in honour of the wedding, passing it off as a family tradition. Apparently, this is where the groom proves he is “man” enough for the bride which encourages Tom to participate. Ah, toxic masculinity at work.
There’s a wee appearance in this scene by the fantastic Scottish actor Clive Russell, also known for his work in Game of Thrones as Brynden ‘Blackfish’ Tully.
The Made of Honor Scotland location used is the beautiful Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye (or at least the grounds in front of it). It’s the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and the ancestral home of Clan MacLeod.
6. Pier Hotel, Portree, Isle of Skye
We briefly glimpse this pub (which has the fictional name Furth Quay Inn) during Hannah’s business trip, but it really shines later in the film as the location for Hannah’s bachelorette party! The exterior is the Pier Hotel on the harbour of Portree in the Isle of Skye. This is why I can’t hate Made of Honor because this is a gorgeous pier and I have a photo of the exact same viewpoint from my time living on the Isle of Skye.
The interior of the pub is somewhere totally different though. It’s The Jolly Woodman pub in Buckinghamshire, England.
7. Glenfinnan Monument
When Tom decides to stop the wedding, he very randomly hops on a horse to gallop around the shoreline. The man at the ferry crossing tells him the church is “passed the monument” but there’s no such monument in this part of Scotland. Nope, the monument in question is the Glenfinnan Monument on the banks of Loch Shiel. Miles away from the Isle of Skye!
Loch Shiel is a famous Harry Potter filming location as it stands in for the Great Lake. And just north of the monument is Glenfinnan Viaduct which is an even more famous Harry Potter filming location!
The church isn’t in Scotland, by the way, just in case you were wondering. And I don’t know about you, but I’d choose down-to-earth Colin over self-entitled Tom any day of the week so this movie makes no sense to me.
And those are all the Made of Honor filming locations in Scotland! Have you watched the movie or visited any of the Made of Honor locations? Let me know in the comments below!