THE iconic landscape of Stirling has once again hit the silver screen with the release of the Outlaw King.

The action-packed period drama stars Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce during a remarkable year of the legend’s life.

The drama will make its small screen debut on Netflix on Friday 9th November.

Directed by Scottish David Mackenzie, the Outlaw King tells the incredible tale of Bruce’s transformation from defeated nobleman, to reluctant King, to outlaw hero, with Mugdock Country Park in the Stirling Council area a key location in the film.

More than £800,000 worth of additional spend in the area was brought in during 10 weeks of pre-production and filming in the park, part of which saw a temporary late 13th Century Scottish village constructed as part of the filming on site.

Several other scenes, including the large battles, took place in the park while other Stirling area locations to feature in the film include Doune Castle and East Loch Lomond.

Stirling Council played a key role in ensuring the success of the project, as the first point of contact for production companies hoping to film in the area is the Council’s Economic Growth, Culture, Tourism & Events team.

The team assists in the identification of potential locations and provides information on permissions, facilities, crew, and accommodation in the Stirling area.

Councillor Margaret Brisley, convenor of Stirling’s Finance and Economy Committee, said: “Stirling is blessed with a wealth of castles, lochs and mountains and is ideally located in the heart of Scotland so it’s no wonder film production companies are continuing to harness the potential it boasts.

“With the new film and TV agency for Scotland, Screen Scotland, having also been officially launched last month, we believe Stirling is perfectly placed to exploit any future opportunities that may arise to showcase this wonderful part of Scotland.

“Our mission as a local authority is to continue to attract feature films, television, video and commercial productions to shoot on-location in Stirling, while also protecting the natural environment.

"This has benefits for local services and hotels while transportation companies, restaurants and other local businesses can all benefit.

“Filmmakers use all these facilities, and their spending power can provide jobs and make the difference between a good and bad year for some of our businesses.”

As part of its remit, the council’s Economic Development team has also developed strong partnerships with various national agencies, including VisitScotland and Creative Scotland, and other local authority areas and film offices to support Scottish economic development initiatives related to the wider screen and creative industries.

Film tourism accounts for 10 per cent of the total value of tourism to the British economy – around £1.8bn a year. More than 20 per cent of visitors to Scotland say that seeing Scotland on film or TV was important in their decision to book a Scottish holiday.

Neil Christison, Regional Director at VisitScotland added: “The opportunities that arise from Scotland being seen on screen are immense. As well as the initial investment for the local economy when filming takes place, there can be far reaching tourism benefits with film and TV audiences looking to visit the locations of their favourite productions.

“This is a growing trend, with one in five people visiting a location having seen it on screen, so there is huge potential in this area for the tourism industry.

“We have seen a distinct increase in visitor numbers linked to screen tourism in recent years, thanks to the power of Scotland’s locations being featured. With the incredible scenic backdrops and historic locations in the Stirling area, which were used in Outlaw King, we hope that the movie will sustain this even further.”