Doune Castle was originally built in the thirteenth century, then probably damaged in the Scottish Wars of Independence, before being rebuilt in its present form in the late 14th century by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany (c. 1340–1420), the son of King Robert II of Scots, and Regent of Scotland from 1388 until his death. Duke Robert's stronghold has survived relatively unchanged and complete, and the whole castle was traditionally thought of as the result of a single period of construction at this time. The castle passed to the crown in 1425, when Albany's son was executed, and was used as a royal hunting lodge and dower house.

In the later 16th century, Doune became the property of the Earls of Moray. The castle saw military action during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms and Glencairn's rising in the mid-17th century, and during the Jacobite risings of the late 17th century and 18th century. By 1800 the castle was ruined, but restoration works were carried out in the 1880s, prior to its passing into state care in the 20th century. It is now maintained by Historic Environment Scotland.

Due to the status of its builder, Doune reflected current ideas of what a royal castle building should be. It was planned as a courtyard with ranges of buildings on each side, although only the northern and north-western buildings were completed. These comprise a large tower house over the entrance, containing the rooms of the Lord and his family, and a separate tower containing the kitchen and guest rooms. The two are linked by the great hall. The stonework is almost all from the late 14th century, with only minor repairs carried out in the 1580s. The restoration of the 1880s replaced the timber roofs and internal floors, as well as interior fittings.

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Founded: 14th century
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Helen Freeman (15 months ago)
Despite the castle being temporarily closed at the moment you are still able to walk around the grounds. Therefore you can take photographs etc but you can't go inside the castle. Loved it.
Steven Segaud (17 months ago)
A lot of the castle wasn't available to be viewed and it wasn't made clear on the website. They charged us the same price and didn't offer the same amount. Audio guides were very good though
Gavin Young (18 months ago)
Loved it. What an amazing place. So much history and very friendly staff. Audio guide is really good. Just Download the audio guide in the car park as WiFi is very slow once in Castle. Take you headphones.
Simon nicholson (18 months ago)
Great for fans of Monty Python. A very interesting castle with a great history. Current the audio guide is downloadable for your phone but mobile coverage is not very good so you may not get to hear any of it while there. There is a lot of audio as well so you might find yourself in some rooms longer if you listen to the historical, Monty Python, and Outlander guides.
Phil McDonagh (2 years ago)
A castle from movie and TV. Excellent in its own right, and very well preserved. Our sons have both watched Monty python's Holy Grail recently so this was a bit of a bonus when staying in the area. Every member of staff was helpful, telling the kids about the castle, and events that had happened, or offering advice on walks around the grounds too. Would go again
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