Doune Castle, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Doune Castle in central Scotland.

Location is about forty miles north of Glasgow and eight miles N.W. of Stirling Castle.

The name Doune means hill or mound, sometimes a fortress or castle, which is clearly apposite in this case although the name would long pre-date the castle as seen today.

Doune Castle is believed to have evolved from a hunting lodge associated with the Scottish royals at nearby Stirling. This edifice gives an impression of strength and solidity, augmented by the 100 foot high Gatehouse. It was built for defence and afforded a high degree of security. The castle seldom changed hands as a function of military action.

Key historical time lines are:
  • Built by Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany in the 15th century incorporating elements of an earlier castle.
  • Became a Royal fortress and hunting lodge post 1424.
  • Served as a dower house for the three widowed Stewart queens.
  • Held out in support of Mary, Queen of Scots until 1570.
  • Ownership in hands of the Earls of Moray since 1590.
  • Occupied by Marquis of Montrose in 1645 and by British military Redcoats in 1689 and 1715.
  • Taken by forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.
  • Restored by Earl of Moray in 1883.

Doune Castle

Inner Courtyard

Great Hall

Doune Castle has proved popular as a film location featuring in:
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Game of Thrones
  • Outlander TV series.
Inside can be found the impressive Duke’s Hall with musicians gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen.

The castle is open to visitors throughout the year. Close-by is the River Teith and various
 hiking trails.

River Teith

 Hints and Tips for visitors

Best accessed by private car or scheduled bus tour. Allow about one hour. Limited refreshment facilities available.

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