Amateur photography and filming using small hand-held equipment (including mobile phones) is welcomed at the John Muir Trust sites.
Commercial photography and filming
John Muir Trust sites form open countryside where public rights of access apply under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. Some types of commercial photography and filming may be carried out within those rights. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code, which interprets the Land Reform Act, gives some guidance on filming in areas where public rights of access apply.
For properties located in England please adhere to the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000.
If you are looking to film on John Muir Trust sites, please complete a filming enquiry form so we can assess the relative impact of the filming project on people and wildlife.
Please note that where filming is not directly linked to the cultural or natural heritage of the region, we have the following filming fees:
- Photography & Filming (cast and crew of less than 3 people)
Daily rate: £1,000 (per 8hr day)
- Photography & Filming (cast and crew between 3-10 people)
Daily rate: £2,000 (per 8hr day)
- Photography & Filming (cast and crew of 10+ people)
Daily rate: from £3,000 (per 8hr day)
- Drone usage: £250
- John Muir Trust staff time: £350
Special discounted rates may be applied for wildlife filming or filming linked to the promotion of the John Muir Trust
All drone activity must be given consent by the John Muir Trust.
Commercial filming with a drone may be granted permission depending on location, wildlife impacts and sufficient insurance and license.
Some properties do not permit drone usage during nesting seasons or may have specific drone restrictions due to popularity with hill walkers and the impacts of drone flying on wildlife. Please note, that drone use is not allowed on Sandwood.
For information about filming at different locations in Scotland, or neighbouring landowners, please contact the Highlands of Scotland Film Commission who may be able to support:
t: +44 (0) 1463 702 955
For information about filming in England please visit Filming in England who may be able to support.
t: +44 (0)20 8324 2311