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Doune Castle

Castle Hill, Doune, Stirling FK16 6EA, Scotland
+44 1786 841742
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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 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.
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Castle Hill, Doune, Stirling FK16 6EA, Scotland
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Reviewed today via mobile

I was here for about 15 minutes. To me it wasn’t worth the trouble to park. Use the time it takes to see this to go to a bigger castle.

Thank Joanie C
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Reviewed yesterday

So this isn't a fabulously furnished grand castle, but the provided audio tour was the most entertaining. This castle was used for the filming of Monty Python as well as the Outlander tv series. The dialog of the tour was very Monty Pythonish, if that...More

Thank jedm49
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Reviewed yesterday

This castle was used in Monty Python's Holy Grail, Outlander and Game of Thrones. You can get an ear piece the it will tell you what room was filmed for which show.

Thank skirkland2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

visited Doune castle a couple of days ago the castle itself is still standing as is some of the rooms inside it gives you a good idea of what life must have been in the past. the castle itself has been used for filming outlander...More

Thank frank1e
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Popular filming location aside this was a pretty cool castle. Lots of places to explore and the indoor privy facilities had to be seen. Took a taxi out to visit and then he obligingly came back for us 2 hours later. Not restored so you...More

Thank Jan A
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It's a pretty small castle but interesting to visit. The highlight, though, was the presentation by two Scots of some of the dress people wore, history, weapons, etc. They were very funny and captivating.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited this castle hoping for a wee bit more but when we arrived there is alot of work being carried out around the Castle to make it more safe for visitors which I understand. We both agreed we would happily visit again when the...More

1  Thank Leah G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Perhaps one of my favorite castles in all of Scotland. The audio guide was absolutely worth it and made the experience all the better. Do not skip this castle on your tour of Scotland. Great for fans of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Outlander...More

Thank Ann W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

But you do get to listen to the dulcit tones of Terry Jones AND Sam Heughan as the audio guide regaled castle history, Monty Python filming and Outlander filming. Yes, if you take the time to visit this castle you will discover it had been...More

Thank Tony and Steph T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

castle used in several films and series ( including as Winterfell in Game of Thrones) don't expect a refurbished castle. It are just empty rooms, it is interesting to see how huge this castle actually is from the inside. There a lots of small crocks...More

Thank j0urney86
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Nikx4
21 June 2018|
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Response from Roesmetravel E | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can walk round, go in with headsets telling you about the history etc. Unsure about dogs
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jmterry05
5 June 2018|
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Response from Manoj B | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. All are welcome. You can buy tickets at the entrance and you can even take a audio tour.
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Kathie Y
19 March 2018|
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Response from mr_dendrocacalia | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know, but I would guess yes. There is extensive scaffolding. It seems that they might be working for a while. You might call them to find out.
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