Locations in Scotland where BBC navy drama Vigil was filmed – and how to visit

BBC's latest detective drama Vigil is making waves with fans right now – even becoming the network's most-watched drama of 2021.

One of the many things fans are raving about is the stunning scenery of the show, with many scenes taking place at beautiful coasts and offering incredible shots of the deep blue sea.

Much of the drama on the show takes place in the titular fictional submarine HMS Vigil, with DCI Amy Silva, played by Suranne Jones as she investigates a suspicious death onboard a navy submarine.

Silva is helped by DS Kirsten Longacre, played by Game Of Thrones star Rose Leslie, who, back on the mainland, unearths a conspiracy, The Express reports.

The show doesn't take place entirely at sea, with much of the dry land action being shot on the Scottish city of Glasgow. Some scenes famous locations like the Squinty Bridge, also known as The Clyde Arc which stretches across the River Clyde.

Opened in 2006, the bridge is easily recognisable with its curved design which allows pedestrians to cross the river.

Blythswood Square also features as a background for the Scotland-based show, located near the University of Glasgow.

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These four Georgian terraces currently operate as a five-star luxury hotel, with stunning views from a private balcony overlooking the gardens and city skyline.

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Speaking about filming in Glasgow, lead director James Strong, said: "The biggest challenge for any director setting up a show is to 'build the world’. To set the visual approach and work with the team to execute this. And with Vigil there was a lot to build!

"First of all there was a Trident submarine – the setting for the majority of the show. I like to shoot on real locations – but for obvious reasons this was largely impossible, so we had to create a big enough space to contain the action and be big enough to work in and yet retain all the claustrophobia of a real submarine.

"Creating HMS Vigil was an enormous endeavour, brilliantly carried out by designer Tom Sayer and his team. It looked incredible, was a great place to shoot."

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