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Doune
Travel Guide

Visit the castle and other medieval relics as you enjoy the quiet in this historic village at the foot of the highlands.

The historic 14th-century Doune Castle looms majestically over the quaint town of Doune. Learn from locals in the pleasant town about its Roman remains and former pistol industry. Stroll along the scenic River Teith running through the commune.

The impressive Doune Castle was constructed by the Duke of Albany in the 1300s. Gaze at the gatehouse rising to 100 feet (30 meters). The cult comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail immortalized the site by using it to depict several fictional castles.

Use the audio guide for background information as you stroll through the building. The oak screen, musicians’ gallery and double fireplace of the Lord’s Hall are highlights. Explore the dark, narrow cobblestone tunnel beneath the castle.

In the town center is the Market Cross, dating back to 1620. Admire the clock tower of the nearby 19th-century Kilmadock Parish Church, which is no longer active. Travel south to the Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, where exotic animals decorate the Scottish countryside.

Learn about the town’s history in pistol manufacturing. It is said that the first gun to fire in the American War of Independence came from Doune. Listen to the town’s fascinating old myths, such as the fairy dancing parties at Ardoch and the Bridge of Teith, which was built in 1533.

Although English is the principal language, a small number of local residents also speak Scottish Gaelic. Visit the town between April and July to enjoy walks and history trails in warm, dry conditions. Winters are cold and generally snowy, which adds to Doune’s pictorial charm.

The town is in the southeastern part of Stirling in central Scotland, between the nature parks of the Scottish Highlands and the big cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Drive the 45-mile (72-kilometer) journey west from Edinburgh to reach Doune in about 1 hour. Nearby towns include Dunblane and Stirling.

Visit Doune for a trip through an enchanting town filled with fables of its castles and fairies.

Top hotels in Doune

The Woodside Hotel
The Woodside Hotel
3 out of 5
Stirling Road, Doune, Scotland
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Situated in Doune, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Doune Ponds and Doune Castle. Argaty Red Kites is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

4.1/5Very Good! (127 reviews)
WWoodside Hotel Doune

"Suzanne was a good a host as weve ever came across, full of friendlyness as soon as you walk in the door, nothing was any trouble to her and the rest of the staff were the same. Would highly recomend."…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2020

The Woodside Hotel
Blair Drummond Holiday Home
Blair Drummond Holiday Home
3.5 out of 5
5 Hall Lane, Doune, Scotland
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Situated in Doune, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Doune Ponds and Doune Castle. Argaty Red Kites is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Cozy cottage in the heart of Doune

"We found the cottage to be cozy and centrally located. Ok, so the stairs creaked ever time you went up or down but it’s a little old cottage so that just added to the atmosphere. Having 2 bathrooms was a bonus as was the dishwasher in the kitchen. In fact the cottage had everything we needed for ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2018

Blair Drummond Holiday Home
Doune Bed and Breakfast
Doune Bed and Breakfast
2.5 out of 5
31 Balkerach Street, Doune, Scotland
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The price is £72 per night from 1 Apr to 2 Apr

Situated in Doune, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Doune Ponds and Doune Castle. Deanston Distillery and Blair Drummond Safari Park are also ...

4/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
Disgrace

"This was the worste experience i have ever had with a hotrl booking got to the hotel and there was no one there couldent get in stood outside for an hour tried phone both nubers on the door with no joy drove over a 100 miles my husband ia unwell it was a disgrace"…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2019

Doune Bed and Breakfast
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Top Holiday Rentals in Doune

Blair Drummond Holiday Home
Blair Drummond Holiday Home
3.5 out of 5
5 Hall Lane, Doune, Scotland

Situated in Doune, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Doune Ponds and Doune Castle. Argaty Red Kites is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Cozy cottage in the heart of Doune

"We found the cottage to be cozy and centrally located. Ok, so the stairs creaked ever time you went up or down but it’s a little old cottage so that just added to the atmosphere. Having 2 bathrooms was a bonus as was the dishwasher in the kitchen. In fact the cottage had everything we needed for ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2018

Blair Drummond Holiday Home
Golden Gates Lodge
Golden Gates Lodge
3.5 out of 5

Situated in Doune, this cottage is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Deanston Distillery and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Doune Ponds. Doune Castle and Argaty Red Kites are also ...

Golden Gates Lodge
Distillery Apartment
Distillery Apartment
Teith Rd, Doune, SCT

Situated in Doune, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Deanston Distillery and within 3 miles (5 km) of Doune Ponds and Argaty Red Kites. Doune Castle ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Deanston gem

"A wonderful little flat, perfectly situated a short walk along the Teith River from the Deanston Distillery. Just a short 15 min drive to Sterling, where we found a myriad of dining options. The unit was clean, and had everything we needed for a nightly resting spot. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2019

Distillery Apartment
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