ITV’s six-part drama The Loch has filled the void left by Broadchurch, and is another dark tale set amid beautiful scenery.
The Loch is set in the fictional community of Lochnafoy on the shores of Loch Ness. Rather than the legendary Nessie lurking beneath the waters of the iconic loch, there’s a dead body instead. When another man is found murdered and a human heart discovered on the shores of the loch, the hunt for a serial killer begins, pitching local cops against Glasgow imports. What other secrets does the small community hide?
Laura Fraser (The Missing, Breaking Bad, Neverwhere) plays Annie Redford, the local detective sergeant, struggling to make sense of the events unfolding in her idyllic community, while Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey, Benidorm, Happy Valley) plays DCI Lauren Quigley, sent in from Glasgow to lead the investigation. The cast is rounded out by John Sessions, Gray O’Brien, Don Gilét and Alastair MacKenzie among others.
Where was The Loch filmed?
To make the drama as authentic as possible, The Loch was filmed in and around the Scottish Highlands, as well as in a studio just outside Glasgow.
Here are some of the key filming locations:
The Loch’s fictional village of Lochnafoy is meant to be nestled near the shores of Loch Ness and a lot of filming did take place on and around the iconic loch.
Loch Ness has for years been associated with the legend of Nessie and is a popular tourist destination not just for those seeking to experience the Scottish scenery but also for people in pursuit of the mythical beast. In The Loch, local policewoman Annie Redford’s husband Alan operates a Nessie tour boat.
“From a production point of view, we were determined to set as much as possible in the Highlands even though it was tough to find everything we needed round the Loch itself,” said Tim Haines, executive producer of The Loch.
The pretty hamlet of Fort Augustus doubles for the fictional village of Lochnafoy, around which a sinister series of murders occurs.
Fort Augustus can be found at the southern tip of Loch Ness and lies on the Caledonian Canal, among some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. The late naturalist Terry Nutkins was a famous former resident of Fort Augustus.
Fort William and Càrn Mòr
Lying at the southern end of the Caledonian Canal is Fort William, a town dominated by Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain at over 4,400ft.
“We were filming in Fort William and Loch Lomond,” said Don Gilét, who plays Blake Albrighton.
“There wasn’t an awful lot of time to sightsee, apart from what was naturally around you. It’s a beautiful vista.”
Aside from the odd mountain or two, Fort William is known for being a fishing destination – oh, and the Glenfinnan viaduct is nearby, which was used as a location in the Harry Potter films.
Càrn Mòr mountain, 16 miles north west of Fort William, is another location used in the series.
The Great Glen, Glen Coe, Glencoe and Glen Etive
The production team used countryside across Scotland to capture the wild beauty of the Highlands – winding roads, green vistas and pine-clad slopes. Several different glens were used as filming locations for The Loch.
“The Great Glen was impressive,” said Laura Fraser, who plays Annie Redford. “And I really loved Glen Coe.
“It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to in my life.”
Glen Coe, site of the famous 17th century massacre, is often used as a filming location – you might also recognise it from Bond film Skyfall and the Harry Potter movies, among others.
Another glen used for filming was Glen Etive, which The Loch star Gray O’Brien knew well from his younger years: “We shot a lot in Glen Coe, which I know well. Including Glen Etive where I camped almost every other weekend from the age of 15 or 16.”
Glencoe Village itself, nestled at the heart of the glen, was also used as a filming location. The Ghlasdruim Bed and Breakfast was used for exterior shots of Lochnafoy’s police station, according to Atlas of Wonders.
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