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“Great ( well- filmed) castle!”
Review of Doune Castle

Doune Castle
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Doune
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 domestic quarters including the splendid Lord's Hall with its carved oak screen, musicians' gallery and double fireplace. This was used as a film location for the BBC production of Ivanhoe and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As well as being heavily featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Doune Castle was also used for the castle known as Winterfell in the pilot of the award winning TV series Game of Thrones as well as Castle Leoch in Outlander.
Reviewed August 4, 2017

A very atmospheric castle so it's no wonder that it has been used in so many films. The audio tour ( Terry. Jones) is a must and one of the best we've heard. There is a lot of extra information about the filming of Outlander and TheHoly Grail but you don't have to listen to it. The audio tour takes about an hour when you listen to everything. Strangely, we didn't hear any mention of Game of Thrones!
Although we visited on a very wet day, most of the castle visit is under cover.

Thank Rachel G
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Reviewed August 3, 2017

A small castle and one of Scotland's 'Historic Scotland' sites which is full of history and for film enthusiasts an interesting visit. The audio guide adds much to the visit and the little shop is worth a look at. Ample parking in lovely countryside and a good place to sit outside with a picnic.

Thank John H
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Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful old castle, only able to see outside. Current undergoing some significant work so had a lot of scaffolding

1  Thank Caroline K
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Reviewed August 3, 2017

The feeling you get about walking around this castle "Anthrax" is indescribable, at least for a Monty Python fan. To walk around see the places seen in the Holy Grail movie in reality, indescribably. Standing at the window of "Swamp Castle" and recognizing itself, indescribably. Find more Monty Python fans there while with me. Worth every penny. Then there is a story about the castle. But I was there to see the Holy Grail recording site.
It's a must to do this pilgrim trip for all Monty Python fans :-)

Thank Kent E
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Reviewed August 2, 2017

We were staying near Gleneagles, and have done some of the other "Things to do" in the area, and I read about this castle.

Be aware - parking is limited, I had to drive out of the castle grounds, back to the main road and try and find a spot there, so do yourself a favor on a nice day - go early

Reasonable entrance fee, which includes a great commentary audio tour by Terry Jones.

Make sure you walk round the outside of the back of the castle if you like hamsters and elderberries. :)

Thank Nigelandsusan
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