I read in the Stardust: Visual Companion book that they filmed in various locations from April to September 2006, and one of the areas they filmed in was (the Isle of) Skye in Scotland. Well as luck would have it, I ended up taking my second trip to Scotland with friends in August of 2007. We went all over the place - Glasgow, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Pitlochery, etc. The part of the trip I looked forward to was a side trip for a small group of us to the Isle of Skye.
I recall we drove through a set of mountains called the Five Sisters of Kintail
(very majestic - like the sweeping visuals you see in the film) and then visited a castle called Eilean Donan
just prior to getting to the Isle (what a wonderful castle - I hear it was used in Highlander and I can see why). Upon arriving in Skye we stayed at a town called Portree
, and ended up in several bed and breakfast's and inns (some of us sharing beds, which was hilarious). The center of town was very rustic looking, with several roads lined up and down the coast with restaurants, stores selling knick knacks, pubs, etc. I only ventured in to a restaurant with a friend to eat and a small grocery store (kept a folding spork I got with some fruit from there - yes, I am a dork), and kept to my B&B and landscape when I was in town.
When we headed out in our little tour group, we went to a lot of different areas over three days. Dunvegan Castle
, where the ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod is located, along with Quirang
mountain pass, which I believe is where some of Stardust's scenes were filmed
. (Google Quirang, and I think you'll see why.)
Unfortunately my memory is fuzzy when trying to remember other specific locations we went to, but what I can tell you all is that the Isle itself is quite windy and the temperature a little on the cool side (50 degrees Farenheit at the time, with a bit of fog in the morning), so we had to hunker down in coats and hats during a few of our excursions. But despite that we had a great time, and were in awe of our surroundings. So much in the way of lush, green hillsides, mountains and cliffs (including Kilt Rock
), tons of heather dotting the landscape, and sheep all over the place. I personally felt like I had stepped into a storybook, and wondered if/when we would turn a corner and see a giant, fairy or some other sort of fantasy creature.
If I can remember more about my trip and track down some of my group's pictures, I'll post a link to them here. We had a really great time. And despite me being a little under the weather, I still enjoyed the trip. We only had a few days there, and I'm thinking sometime in the future I'll take another trip only to Skye to check out all the wonderful towns and views.
My thoughts tying in to Stardust are this - knowing what I know now (that part of it was filmed in Skye), I feel like I got to visit a part of "Stormhold", where the quest was on to find the jewel (Power of Stormhold) and star. I pinch myself knowing that I've been to areas that the cast and crew ventured to, albeit a short while after them.
I'm curious amongst the group's posters, how many of you all have been near or to one of the locations used in the Stardust film? I think that would make an excellent topic for discussion, and have my own little story to tell.