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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
+44 1786 841742
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Reviewed yesterday

Scotland has their fair share of castle for sure, but this was one of our favorites from our 9 day trip. You may recognize this castle from Monty Python or more recently, from the Outlander series. I enjoyed having the audio headset to listen to...More

Thank charlestongal
Reviewed 2 days ago

Familiar castle in a few films, but the audio guide lets you experience some of the scenes, especially from Monty Python. There was not so many audio links to Outlander and none to Game of Thrones and parts were cordoned off for repair and grass...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you are a Monty Python or Outlander fan this Castle is a must see. The audio guide is narrated by Terry Jones and Sam Heughen and covers the importance of the Castle through the ages and how it was staged for movies and TV.

Thank ADH8815
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is possible you have seen this castle on your TV, being featured in Outlander and Monty Python. Currently undergoing some conservation work, there is still plenty to see. On our Saturday visit we were treated to a bagpipe band undertaking a practice. On entering...More

Thank Vicki E
Reviewed 3 days ago

really enjoyed our visit.Lots of history.National trust property.We could use our tickets okay.Good views.

Thank patsyt187048
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited the castle as part of a tour so only had about 40 minutes, but if we had the opportunity we would like to spend more time! The castle is in good condition, the audio guide with narratives from Monty Python and Outlander's Jaimie was...More

Thank vaios z
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Doune castles main interest lies in its ties to the film industry. This castle is empty and does not have very many features of interest unless you happen to be a fan of something that was filmed here such as Outlander and Monty Python. There...More

Thank Stephanieloughlin86
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited Doune and enjoyed both the history and the Monty Python stories! Recommended for both history enthusiasts and seekers of the Grail.

Thank jcacni
Reviewed 4 days ago

Although there is a great deal of attraction in the Monty Python connection, a walk around this historic place is well worth the side trip and time. The audio tour is a must to enhance the experience. We are certainly glad we took the time...More

Thank Peter K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was amazing, we used our historic Scotland/National Trust cards to get in and it was really good, the kids got a quiz to do which they really enjoyed. We had audio head sets so we could learn about the castle, it was very interesting...More

Thank amelie_mac
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Response from JayKathy G | Reviewed this property |
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18 April 2017|
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Response from Sara T | Reviewed this property |
Nothing at the Castle, but, as noted by previous reviewers, there are options in the village - not a very long walk from the Castle. Buttercup cafe had lovely cakes!! We walked there by following a trail from the parking... More
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2 February 2017|
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Response from MartinCroxall | Reviewed this property |
2 hours or so (at least). The audio tour is very good and at times it's very funny as well.