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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 yesterday

The castle is relatively small, but has a wonderful history. I am a Monty Python fan and had to watch the Holly Grail again after visiting this castle.

Thank cdnchoach
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Waiting for Outlander next season, you can keep dreaming about Claire and Jamie while visiting Doune castle and listening to Sam’s comments on the shooting in the audio guide. Do not miss it and Lallibroch on the road to Edimbourg. For the fans and the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Seriously, if you only have time to visit one castle in Scotland, make it Doune Castle. Unlike most others, you are free to wander every square foot of the castle, inside and out, at your leisure. Nothing is corded off except for one or two...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's no wonder this is a popular filming location. The castle has so much character, and the audio guide which is narrated by Terry Jones of Python fame is quite humorous and really makes the tour enjoyable. The castle itself isn't very large but tells...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A happy Outlander fan. Not only is it beautiful to see, they understand and cater to the Outlander fans. During the audio guide, there are additional settings for Sam/Jamie to narrate for you! What a wonderful surprise. It is partially under construction for repairs but...More

Thank Karin P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This castle was great- way better than Stirling in my opinion. A couple things to note: 1) the audio tour is included in tickets. Take one. The guide is from monty Python and informative, funny, and family friendly. 2) wear comfortable shoes. You climb narrow...More

1  Thank ksmittym
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We only decided to visit because the Bannockburn experience seemed a bit too much to take on and as English Heritage members it was free entry. But it would have been worth it anyway. It was very busy with visitors from all over Europe, presumably...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Yep, if you are a fan of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you must visit this castle. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the quality of the interior and great information provided. One of the highlights of my trip to Scotland!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can’t recall enjoying a visit to a castle as much as this. As others have said, the Audio Guide is a must. All my kids loved it despite them not knowing who Monty Python are. I thought it was informative and, at times, hilarious. The...More

Thank Gary S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came to see Doune Castle after a number of years. Signs in the car park tell you that dogs are allowed on leads. Got to the castle to be told they are not allowed past the entrance gate as it’s busy! Travelled miles out of...More

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ByHistoricScotland, Marketing Executive at Doune Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Sassy Sorry to hear about your experience at Doune. We do allow dogs on leads within the grounds of the castle, as there are some lovely walks along the riverside and through the woods nearby, but unfortunately we only permit assistance dogs within the...More

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Mrbbol
3 August 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
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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