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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. Add Doune Castle and other attractions to your Stirling trip itinerary using our Stirling trip maker tool .
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  • The castle is beautiful and worth a stop if you pass around here, the Interior is well preserved and has a certain charm even just a quick visit. The audio guide is only in English and it is quite complicated to understand for a pronunciation not quite flawless, even for those who know English
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  • Visited here after seeing the reviews. What a great place. When my wife realised it was used for Overland, she was really keen to visit and when I found out about the Python connection, it was a must ...  more »
  • We went there because our daughter fell in love with the outlander series (scenes from the movie were shot there) but frankly this castle is worth a visit because it is very well preserved and we can access other than those traditionally known parts. Great time!
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  • Doune Castle is not nearly as well-preserved as more famous castles such as Stirling or Edinburgh. For us, however, that was part of the charm. While Doune doesn't exhibit furniture or tapestries or similar decorations, the existing structure gives a great sense of what life was like, including the incredibly tight confines and narrow passages. Doune also has two other features that most other castles don't. The first is the castle's ties to cinematic history, particularly the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This connection is significantly enhanced by the available audio tour narrated by Terry Jones, narration that both covers the castle's history and its connections to the film. The second is the castle's location along a river, with walking paths that go along the riverbanks and are incredibly beautiful. All and all, Doune was definitely worth the trip.
  • Must see for Monty Python fans! Interesting castle. Fun audio guide featuring several of the best clips from the Holy Grail. A little tough to get to but that’s half the fun.
  • The castle might not have the big name pull of some of the larger castles as other reviews have mentioned but it is well worth the visit! Although it isn't a large place its interesting to see somewhere that had ambitions of greater things and possible to see where the design would have been improved and expanded. The entrance price is very reasonable especially considering the audio guide is included. The castle has been used as a backdrop to both TV series and movies which the audio guide plays to its strength. Information given is both relevant and entertaining helping you around the site.
  • This castle rides on the fact that it's famous when there is nothing to see here except an empty castle!! They charge £9 for you to go in and you get an audio head set to explain what happens in each empty room, 2 yrs ago I came here and it took us 5 min to go through the castle and then we had a lovely picnic in the garden outside. It was beautiful and tranquil. Now if I want to visit again do I need to pay again if I want to picnic inside the castle?
  • We visited Doune Castle on a bit of a soggy day, alas, but we enjoyed our time there nonetheless. Monty Python fans will enjoy the audio guide narrated by Terry Jones, and Outlander fans will be thrilled to listen to a few tracks from Sam Heughan. But go as well just to cast your mind back to the time that this stronghold would have been inhabited. And it's a Historic Scotland site, so if you join you can get entry here, into nearby Stirling Castle, and Edinburgh Castle as well (not to mention many other sites around the country).

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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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