Shakespeare’s Macbeth is set mainly in various Scottish locations, with just one scene set in England, at the King’ palace. Shakespeare’s language during some of the Scottish scenes suggests hell and evil. The English scene, by contrast, indicates a saintly king who sends out his troops to conquer the dark forces that the Scottish king, Macbeth, represents.
The Scottish scenes range from Duncan’s camp at Forres, to Macbeth’s castles at Inverness and Dunsinane. The scenes with the three witches, though generally presumed to be in Scotland, are given no specific location by Shakespeare – simply referred to as “A desert place” or “A cavern”.
The play is set in ancient times and there was once a king called Macbeth, but Shakespeare has invented the character he presents in his play: he is nothing like the ancient king who bears his name.
The map below shows all the locations Shakespeare used for Macbeth – in both Scotland and England. You can zoom in on the map for a more detailed view of an area, and click the icons on the map for more information.