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Doune Castle

Built for the Regent Albany, Doune Castle is a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle.

Doune Castle

Doune Castle was the home of Robert Stewart, the 1st Duke of Albany. He was ruler of Scotland, in all but name, from 1388 until his death in 1420.

The castle was long thought to have been entirely built for Albany, but recent research has shown there are significant remains of a earlier castle incorporated into the structure.

Doune’s most striking feature is the 100ft high gatehouse which includes the splendid Duke’s Hall with its musicians’ gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen.

This impressive architecture has made it popular with production companies. It was Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and more recently a location in the pilot for Game of Thrones and the fictional Castle Leoch for the TV adaption of the Outlander novels.

Discover the nature trail in the castle grounds or take an audio tour of the castle narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones. Hear the exciting history of the medieval castle and residents, as well stories of the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

MP3, audio file Enter Doune Castle (mp3)     MP3, audio file Optional Monty Python mp3

Highlights

  • The views from the battlements – looking down on the fast-flowing River Teith and out towards the Menteith Hills and Ben Lomond.
  • The cathedral-like great hall – one of the best preserved in Scotland.
  • The kitchen and servery – conjure up images of how great banquets were prepared.
  • Doune Castle is the atmospheric fictional Castle Leoch in the TV show Outlander and has also been used as a film location for Game of Thrones.
Green Tourism Award - Gold

Location

Region – Central and West
Postcode: FK16 6EA

Opening arrangements

Summer
1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

Winter
1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Admission prices

All year
Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

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