The Crown has dropped on Netflix for its highly-anticipated fourth season, and fans are already going wild for the royal drama.
As well as a stellar cast, such as Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher, young Princess Diana played by Emma Corrin and Olivia Colman returning as Queen Elizabeth, series four features a wealth of stunning Scottish backdrops.
The new Netflix series showcases many Highland scenes, as well as breathtaking locations from the renowned North Coast 500 route.
The Crown follows the story of Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman, but previously played by Claire Foy) from her wedding up to modern day events.
The drama’s fourth series focuses on the role the Queen and the Royal Family played in the late 1970s to the 90s, and includes the 1979 assassination of Lord Mountbatten by the IRA.
From grand estates to wild coastal spots, viewers of the show have been treated to some of the most beautiful landscapes Scotland has to offer.
Anyone fancy a royal road trip?
Where was The Crown season four filmed in Scotland?
Ardverikie House, Inverness-shire
Ardverikie Estate (Ardverikie Estate Facebook)
Portraying none other than the Queen’s summer residence, Balmoral Castle, is the regal-looking Ardverikie House, near Newtonmore.
The 19th century stately home and the surrounding estate is a perfect fit for Balmoral, as it was built in the same Scottish baronial style - so it’s no wonder the stunning location has featured in The Crown for four seasons now.
Ardverikie House is no stranger to television fame, either, as it originally appeared in BBC’s Monarch of the Glen as Glenbogle Estate.
And, we’ll see it again in 2021 during the next James Bond film, No Time to Die.
Rothiemurchus Estate, Aviemore
Rothiemurchus Estate (Shutterstock)
You’ll find it difficult to come across a more serene and beautiful Scottish spot than this one, nestled in the Cairngorms.
In The Crown, the sprawling Rothiemurchus Estate is home to the famous Braemar Gathering - a real, traditional Highland games event which has taken place since 1832.
The reigning monarch traditionally attends the Braemar Gathering, and Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth visits for the festivities in season four.
Lybster Harbour and Langwell Estate, Caithness
Lybster Harbour (Shutterstock)
Fans of The Crown probably recognised this Caithness location from the famous North Coast 500 driving route.
The Caithness and Wick areas are used for many different filming locations throughout the series, with Lybster Harbour and Langwell Estate portraying scenes set during the Falklands War in 1982.
The quaint Lybster Harbour represents Porth Leith in the Falklands and the serene Langwell Estate is Grytviken in South Georgia, a British Overseas Territory situated in the South Atlantic which was secured by the British during the war.
Dunbeath Estate, Caithness
Dunbeath Castle and Estate (Shutterstock)
Caithness appears again in the fourth series, and this time all eyes are on Dunbeath Estate, a location also close to the North Coast 500.
Depicting the River Hofsa in Iceland, the Scottish estate’s dramatic, cliff-edge surroundings, swelling tides and crashing waves make for the perfect backdrop.
It’s a place well-worth visiting, if only for the white-washed, Baronial-style Dunbeath Castle which seemingly hangs over the cliff edge. It’s a private residence but its grounds are available to tour.
Keiss Harbour and Ackergill Tower, Caithness
Keiss Harbour (Shutterstock)
The last Caithness filming locations are the idyllic Keiss Harbour and Ackergill Tower, which are both stops along the North Coast 500.
Keiss Harbour, in Wick, was built in 1831 and is portrayed as the quiet fishing resort of Mullaghmore in Ireland in the series - the site where Lord Mountbatten was assassinated by the IRA in 1979.
The imposing Ackergill Tower, which is thought to date back to the 1400s, is depicted as Classiebawn Castle in Mullaghmore, where Mountbatten and his family stayed during their annual visits.