Doune Castle is a medieval stronghold, close to Stirling, central Scotland. Its name might not be recognized, but the interior of the castle is known by movie fans all over the world. Doune Castle made its appearance in two well known series: Outlander and The Games of Thrones. I hope you like some of the pictures I’m showing from the castle.
I’ve read in an article which said that, according to the ONS Travel Trends 2017 statistics, Doune Castle, which is Castle Leoch in Outlander, has seen a 227 per cent increase in visitor numbers since 2013.
It was also Winterfell in The Games of Thrones, sharing this glory with Castle Ward in northern Ireland, where scenes from Winterfell were also filmed. This is how I’ve ticked another one of my 40 Before 40 list.
It gets busy, so make sure you are prepared to wait before you can get inside. You can get an audio guide and it was very interesting.
The Hall is gorgeous. It is very tall and has two very interesting features. Firstly, the minstrels’ gallery that you can see in the back. Secondly, the central hearth, I imagine that the fire would have looked amazing when they entertained.
The Hall was equipped with a latrine, for the use of the nobles only.
During our visit, we could read some funny stories from the filming of Outlander. For example, they had to run after a goat that escaped. Details about filming were narrated by Jamie Fraser! (well, Sam Heughan, as Jamie is a fictional character).
The view from the castle is gorgeous.
There is scaffolding on some walls, as the castle needs a bit of TLC.
Other movies filmed at Doune Castle are Ivanhoe (both Liz Taylor’s 1952 film and the 1996 BBC adaptation) and Monty Python & the Holy Grail.
Doune Castle is on Castle Hill, Doune, Perthshire, FK16 6EA. Members of Historic Environment Scotland have free entry and discounts and free entry are offered for members of English Heritage. The price is £9 for adults. The audio guide is included in the price. The castle is open all year round, with a couple of exceptions, like Christmas.