Doune, a popular village in central Scotland


Doune Village
(Above image is a capture of Doune Village from atop Doune Castle.)

This evening, I am posting information about the central Scotland village of Doune, Perthshire.
Doune is a corruption of dun, the Galeic word for hill or fort. There is evidence of occupation here from the Bronze Age (1800 BC) through Roman times (1st century AD fort) and medieval to the modern-day.  Doune is perhaps best known for the famous castle which dates from the 14th century and has been used as a film location (Monty Python and Outlander).
Key information:
  • Population is about 1650.
  • Close to the city of Stirling, which is about 15 minutes by car. Here can be found Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s top visitor sites.
  • Has a Mercat Cross ( see image immediately below). This dates from  medieval times and served as a meeting point and place for public announcements.
  • In the village can be found hostelries, lodgings, various shops and cafes.
  • The local area is popular with walkers and hikers.
  • There is a whisky distillery, Deanston, nearby. Previously this was a cotton mill.
  • Close to two rivers: the Teith and Ardoch Burn.

Doune, Scotland (with Mercat Cross in centre).

Red Lion Inn (Pub)

Balkerach Street,

Doune Castle

River Teith
River Teith near Doune Castle

Maturing Whisky at Deanston Distillery
Maturing whisky at Deanston Distillery

Hiking group near River Teith
Hiking group on banks of River Teith

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