Doune Castle
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Doune Castle was built by Robert Stewart, first duke of Albany in the late 1300s during the reign of Robert II. It stands on high ground above the River Teith and not far from the site of the famous Battle of Stirling Bridge.

The castle is perhaps most famous as the location for many scenes from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. If you've seen the movie you'll likely recognise much of the castle, inside and out.

In the 1400s the son of Robert Stewart was imprisoned and executed and King James I mad Doune a royal castle. He and his successors, James II, James III and James IV all used Doune as a retreat from the palace at Stirling Castle not far to the east.

Later the castle was given as a dower gift to the wives of the Scottish kings.

Images ©2004 Martin McCarthy, Theasis Photography

Nearby Sites

2km Doune Standing Stones
8km University of Stirling Standing Stone
9km Airthrey Castle Stone Standing Stone
10km Sherrifmuir Stone Row
14km Ardoch Roman Fort Roman Fort
15km Inchmahome Priory Priory
16km Menteith 16 Cup and Ring Marks
16km Menteith 20 Cup Marks
16km Nether Glenny Cairns Cairn
17km Fintry Standing Stone
18km Castleton Farm Cup and Ring Carvings
18km Waterhead Standing Stones
19km Torwood Broch
(NB: All distances are as-the-crow-flies. Lochs, mountains and beautiful winding roads will make it further. Sometimes much further.)