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Doune is an artistic inspitation

29 October 2008

Poems and pictures inspired by Doune Castle are being put on public display at the end of November.

Members of the Doune and District WRI (Women’s Rural Institute) wrote the poetry after a visit from Historic Scotland education officer Kirsten Wood.

Pictures have been created by pupils from Doune Primary School.

They will go on show at the castle cottage, near Doune Castle entrance, from the end of November.

Miss Wood said: “It is a delightful selection of poems and pictures and it is especially good to have work by adults and children from the same community being exhibited side by side.

“We want to encourage people to make every possible use of the heritage at the heart of their community and this has been one way of achieving that.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part for their efforts and say how delighted I was at the efforts all of them had made.”


  • The top poem was by Helen Adamson of the Doune and District WRI and is reproduced below:

Doune Castle
It stands proud and imposing
Atop a grassy hill,
Looking down towards rivers
The trees and fields so still.
There’s history in every stone –
A reminder of our past,
Of kings and queens and battles,
To ensure ancient feuds would last.
The courtyard’s full of tourists now
Where once bloody battles raged.
Doune Castle stands above it all
A monument to another age.

  • Doune Castle is 10 miles north west of Stirling off the A84. Telephone 01786 841742.

  • Ticket prices are £4.20 for adults £2.10 children and £3.20 concessions. Open year round – closed Thursdays and Fridays in winter.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year Of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with the other heritage organisations

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