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Doune Castle

Learn the intriguing history of this preserved 14th-century castle and tall tower famous for a Monty Python movie and the Jacobite Risings.

Doune Castle is a partially ruined medieval structure in the Stirling countryside. It stands atop a hill with a commanding view of a pleasant area of forests and rivers. Admire the well-preserved halls, courtyard and tower rising above the surrounding region.

Gaze up at the 100-foot (30-meter) gatehouse. Walk through these ruins and imagine life in the building many centuries ago. Listen to the audio guide for a greater context behind each part of the castle. Most of the stonework is from the initial construction in the 14th century, although some modifications were made in the late 1500s.

Explore the majestic Lord’s Hall to see its ornate features, including a double fireplace. Note the oak screen and the musicians’ gallery. Walk through the courtyard and go into the castle cellar through the dark and narrow cobblestone tunnel.

Learn the history of the intriguing castle, which was initially constructed in the 1260s.  The fascinating tales of the castle include the transformation of the castle into a hunting lodge and the arrival of the Earls of Moray in the 16th century. Listen to stories of its role in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms and the Jacobite Risings in the 1700s.

In the 1970s, the castle was used for the iconic comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The production used separate angles of the site to portray several different fictional castles in the movie. Find out about the literary works that have alluded to the structure.

There is a fee to look around the castle. Kids get a discount for entry to the site, which is open year-round from morning until late afternoon.

Find Doune Castle in the southern part of the town, less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from its center. The castle lies on the eastern flank of the River Teith and west of the Ardoch Burn.


Best Lodging Options Near Doune Castle

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Red Lion Inn
Red Lion Inn

Red Lion Inn

BALKERACH STREET, Doune, Scotland
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Doune, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Doune Ponds and Doune Castle. Argaty Red Kites is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

    The Woodside Hotel
    The Woodside Hotel

    The Woodside Hotel

    Stirling Road, Doune, Scotland
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Doune Ponds and Doune Castle. Deanston Distillery and Argaty Red Kites are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Blair Drummond Holiday Home
      Blair Drummond Holiday Home

      Blair Drummond Holiday Home

      5 Hall Lane, Doune, Scotland
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Doune, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Doune Ponds and Doune Castle. Argaty Red Kites is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

        Doune Bed and Breakfast
        Doune Bed and Breakfast

        Doune Bed and Breakfast

        31 Balkerach Street, Doune, Scotland
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Doune, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Doune Ponds and Doune Castle. Deanston Distillery and Blair Drummond Safari Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Distillery Apartment
          Distillery Apartment

          Distillery Apartment

          Doune, SCT
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Doune, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Deanston Distillery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Doune Ponds and Argaty Red Kites. Doune Castle and Blair Drummond Safari Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Hillview Cottage $80
            Hillview Cottage

            Hillview Cottage

            Kirk Lane, Blairdrummond, Stirling, Scotland
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Blair Drummond Safari Park, Deanston Distillery, and Doune Ponds. Stirling Castle and Doune Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Tigh Mor
              Tigh Mor

              Tigh Mor

              Sommers Lane, Stirling, Scotland
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Stirling, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Blair Drummond Safari Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Doune Castle and Deanston Distillery. Doune Ponds and Smith Art Gallery and Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                The Garden Studio at Mackeanston House is a Romantic Rural Hideaway for Two
                The Garden Studio at Mackeanston House is a Romantic Rural Hideaway for Two

                The Garden Studio at Mackeanston House is a Romantic Rural Hideaway for Two

                Stirling, SCT
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the mountains, this historic chalet is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Deanston Distillery and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Doune Ponds. Doune Castle and Blair Drummond Safari Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).