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 Castles of Scotland - Doune Castle






Location
near Callander, Stirling, Scotland

Description
Doune Castle lies 8 miles north-west of Stirling where the River Teith flows into the River Forth. It is located on a wooded bend on the river across a bridge from the village of Doune. It is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland. The site is defended on three sides by steep river bank and the north is defended by earthworks. The Castle has a narrow gateway and long vaulted passageway that leads to a large central courtyard. Off the courtyard, there are steps up to the Great hall which is connected to a large kitchen.

History
Doune Castle was a royal retreat and hunting lodge for the Scottish monarchs, including Mary Queen of Scots. Doune Castle was built at the end of the 14th century by Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, brother of King Robert III. In 1570 Sir James Stewart, the first Lord Doune, was granted possession of Doune by James VI. Lord Doune's grandson became the Earl of Moray by marrying the Regent Moray's daughter, and the Earls of Moray have owned it ever since. During the Jacobite Rising of 1745 Doune Castle was a prison for government supporters captured by the Jacobites. During the late 19th century, the castle was renovated and the roof was replaced. The castle is now maintained by Historic Scotland and is open to the public.

The Arts
Doune Castle was used extensively in the making of the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail".

In Walter Scott's first novel Waverley, Edward Waverley is rescued by Highlanders and brought to Doune Castle.


Other Castles in the Area
  Airth Castle, Falkirk
  Castle Campbell, Clackmannanshire
  Craigend Castle, East Dunbartonshire
  Culcreuch Castle, Stirling
  Drummond Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Mugdock Castle, Glasgow
  Stirling Castle, Stirling
  Tulliallan Castle, Fife







Tulliallan Castle
Doune Castle

Photograph by Brian MacLennan. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Tulliallan Castle
Doune Castle

Photograph by Brian MacLennan. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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