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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 via mobile

Didn't really pay to enter the castle, but took a walk around the surrounding grounds. Apparently a castle that appeared on GOTs season one. Take a mat and sit down in the front lawn if it is sunny and perhaps take a small picnic with...More

Thank RaspberryBon89
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited here on our week long trip around Scotland touring the outlander film sets. Doune Castle is the setting for the fictional Castle Leoch. The castle is full of history and wonder. We spent about 3 hours here. There are audio tours available for...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

You have to go see this beautiful, old castle if only because of its role in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. But parking can be insane. If you can't park next to the castle, go down the road to the Castle Hill parking lot...More

Thank PChocolat
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited here after seeing the reviews. What a great place. When my wife realised it was used for Overland, she was really keen to visit and when I found out about the Python connection, it was a must see place for us to visit! On...More

Thank Pauloeric07
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The castle itself is quite rudimentary, so the well done (and included in the price) audio tour adds great value by bringing each area of the castle to life, since no furnishings of any kind remain. Parking is quite limited - a challenge during peak...More

Thank BigDig14
Reviewed 5 days ago

We obviously came on a good day, since parking was not a problem at all. We used our Historic Scotland passes to get in. In the spirit of full disclosure... I am an Outlander fan. Obviously I was thrilled to be visiting here at "Castle...More

Thank Denise A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went to a couple of castles on our trip to Scottland, and this one was the one everyone liked the best. It's not very big, but plenty to see anyway. If you like Monty Python and only have time for one castle this is...More

Thank Bodsund
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Day out with son who is keen on castles and Monty Python. Took advantage of the audio guide and followed the route guided by Terry Jones.. You listen to the history then have the option to listen to the Python facts which is fun. Had...More

Thank Douglas E
Reviewed 6 days ago

This wasn't the most amazing in architecture or grandure, but it was the funnest to explore. It is smaller, and off the path away from the tourist areas. They offer free headsets for a self-paced audio tour. The best part... "Monty Python and the Holy...More

Thank CME35
Reviewed 1 week ago

I often visit Doune Castle in my capacity as a registered Scottish Tourist Guide. Visiting Doune Castle used to be a great pleasure but I am afraid due to the Starz Outlander series which used the castle as one of it's film locations a visit...More

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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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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.