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Doune Castle, Doune

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Visit a late 14th-century courtyard castle at Doune Castle. Marvel at the 30 m (100 ft ) gatehouse, which includes Lord's Hall and its musicians' gallery, double fireplace, and carved oak screen. Listen to an audio tour narrated by Monty Python's Terry Jones. Hear the history of the medieval castle and its residents, as well as about the making of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which was filmed at the site. A visit to Doune Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Stirling trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • This was suggested to us by an Explorer Pass tour guide on our last day in Scotland. We definitely saved the best for last. LOVED this castle. It is well preserved and has been used for the TV show Ou...  more »
  • Had a lovely time here Reasonably Priced with free audio guide You can spend a long time here if you choose to - no running order to the audio so you can chose where you start and no time limits Gentl...  more »
  • Had a great time with the audio tour narrated by Terry Jones. Self guided tour, so you can take your time. Very interesting to see the surviving parts of the castle. It made us want to watch a Monte P...  more »
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  • Visited here yesterday with my family and had an amazing experience. Admission price is very reasonable and it included a free audio guide. The audio guide as extremely helpful and really made the castle feel like it came to life. While not as famous or as well preserved or as well reconstructed as some other places like Urquhart or Stirling or Edinburgh castles, it is less touristy. You don't feel rushed to move with the crowds. The staff were very friendly and happy to share any additional knowledge they had. As a filming location of Monty Python and Outlander, they incorporate details about these into the audio guide. Definitely worth a visit. Our favorite castle of many this trip to Scotland.
  • Great experience. Loads of laughs. If you love Monty Python go. It is so beautiful. Breathtaking
  • Lovely experience. This reasonably intact courtyard castle has many stories to tell including some of a more modern flavor. A very professionally done audio tour tips it's hat the modern day uses as well as the history. Doune has been featured in Monty Python's Holy Grail, some pilot scenes for Game of Thrones and the Outlander series (Castle Leoch). I guess the producers saw the real thing here. It all adds to the richness of storytelling. But the history is just as fascinating, from the scars in the kitchen stone walls from years of knife sharpening to the lute player's perch in the great hall. The steep narrow stairs and private chambers tell of a hard, even if protected, lifestyle.
  • Compact castle set in beautiful woodland next to the River Teith. Very interesting history and a complimentary audio guide voiced by Terry Jones of Monty Python who filmed Monty Python and the Holy Grail there In 1975. Also information about 'Outlander' which was also filmed there. There is a beautiful riverside walk where we saw Heron and fish jumping from the river. A great day out.
  • Well worth the trip and entry fee. The self tour audio guide is of great quality

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Stirling's central location in Scotland means most of its many lodging options are quickly reachable from nearly anywhere in the country. Hotels located close to the city's iconic castle offer easy access to all of the area's celebrated historical sites. Though they provide the finest modern conveniences, hotels in this central part of town occupy buildings steeped in history and heritage. Just outside of town, explore a world of boutique hotels and quaint B&Bs, a perfect base from which to explore the picturesque Central Lowlands.
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