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Doune Castle

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Explore this 14th century courtyard castle in Doune, with a striking 100 ft high gatehouse and one of the best preserved great halls in Scotland. The formidable Doune Castle was built for the Regent Albany. The striking keep-gatehouse combines...more
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Castle Hill, Doune, Stirling FK16 6EA, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were so excited to visit a spot where both Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Outlander were shot. Loved to be able to wander around listening to stars of these production doing the narration on our self guided tour. Even...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Cathy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Scotland certainly doesn’t have a shortage of castle but they all have their own fascinating story and uniqueness. And if you are a fan of Outlander - well you simply have to visit here ... enjoy.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The castle was under renovation when we visited but has maintained it's historic grandeur and it felt like we were stepping back in time. A must see.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Vanessa W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First off if you are coming here expecting Winterfell castle... People, it’s a TV series. It’s made up. If you want to see an actual castle this one doesn’t disappoint. You can walk from room to room imagining daily life. Picture your life as a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Doune Castle is a nice example of a maintained ruin. There is alot of information up, so you can try and imagine how it would have looked.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the Castle that featured in Monty Pythons quest for the holy grail and the electronic tour is narrated by one of the Monty Python members. It is a very small castle by comparison but interesting all the same. Worth a look if you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a ruin from the 14th century but it’s amazing just how well it’s stood up to the ravages of time. (A little battered by the storms of 2017/18) there is a little scaffolding keeping it upright but I defy anyone who has issue...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Dougie M
Reviewed December 15, 2018

This place was used as a set in the series of Outlander. The interior is deliciously medieval. The turn from the main road to the parking lot is a very tight turn so beware, especially if you are driving a manual transmission. Well worth the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Ingrid M
Reviewed December 15, 2018

Historic Scotland provided St. Andrew’s day free entry and it was a great afternoon looking around this historic castle and its grounds which is the famous setting for Monty Pythons holy grail film.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Cone early in winter as this closes early (by 4pm I thought) but it is open in Winter. Not all the castles are. Free parking (at least when we went). The staff were nice and chatty and the audio tour is informative and makes the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Mrbbol
August 3, 2018|
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Response from Joan V | Reviewed this property |
A couple of hours is plenty of time. It’s not very large, but well worth the visit.
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Nikx4
June 21, 2018|
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Response from _F0rever_Wanderlust_ |
No dogs are allowed in the castle but they are allowed within the castle grounds on a lead. Various walks in the grounds & it is a beautiful setting. Free to park (limited and busy car park however)
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jmterry05
June 5, 2018|
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Response from alonn_bilbray | Reviewed this property |
You can purchase entry there. If you are going to see a lot of castles while you are in Scotland, I would suggest looking into purchasing an Explorer Pass. My husband and I save a lot of money by purchasing one. Definitely... More
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Is it possible/safe to walk from Doune to (8 Replies)
We are planning to visit Doune (castle and the town) from Stirling on a Sunday and considering Deanston Distillery as well. No car. We found the First bus #59 schedule, but as Sunday service is limited, it is difficult to include a distillery tour if we do not want to take the first bus out of Stirling or the last bus back with lots of waiting in between. Is it possible/safe to walk from Doune to the distillery? Google maps shows only 1.3 miles from the castle to the distillery, but we would...More
June 06, 2016|
Response fromFLHerne|
Looks fine on StreetView - the bridge is narrow, but pretty short, and with that sharp bend everyone will have to slow down. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@56.1864912,-4.061306,3a,75y,17.58h,73.5t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1st05Zn9Q_S8WZ0hIdmQkaSw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Footpaths for all the rest.
NotatHome014
Lynchburg, Virginia
We are almost ready to leave--thanks for all of your help! (3 Replies)
Thanks to all of the people on the Scotland forums for answering my questions as I prepared for my husband and I to travel to Scotland in just a few short days! I ended up having fewer than I thought I would have given the wonderful questions asked by earlier travelers and the detailed answers given by all of you. We are traveling a small circle of Scotland to get a taste of a little bit of everything--from Edinburgh through the East Neuk villages to Saint Andrews to Killin by way of Perth...More
October 07, 2013|
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Hope you have a great time!
lovekitties888
New York
Easiest transportation method from Edinburgh to Doune castle (6 Replies)
Hi! What's the easiest way to get to Doune castle from Edinburgh area? Thanks!
June 19, 2015|
Response fromStirlingMike|
If you have the option to hire a car for your visit to Scotland then it'll save you a lot of time and open up a whole lot more of the country; most of the best sights have a car park or street parking but often don't have a bus stop or train station nearby. Doune Castle is a one hour drive from Edinburgh so while public transport is an option it really isn't the best way to get there. Public transport in Scotland can also be quite expensive; a return trip to Doune from Edinburgh will cost...More