Doune Castle – top filming location in Scotland

Doune Castle - top filming location Scotland
Doune Castle - top filming location Scotland

Doune Castle

Doune Castle has slowly built itself a top reputation over the last 20 years as an excellent filming location.

Doune has featured in six top TV and film productions

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Game of Thrones ( Winterfell )
  • Outlander ( Castle Leoch )
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • the Outlaw King
  • Blood of my Blood

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Doune Castle, nestled in the central part of Scotland, near the village of Doune in Stirlingshire, stands as a monumental testament to Scotland’s rich history and its burgeoning role in the global film and television industry. This medieval stronghold, originally built in the 13th century and rebuilt in the late 14th century by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, has transcended its historical roots to become one of Scotland’s most recognized and celebrated filming locations.

The castle’s architecture, characterized by its 100-foot high gatehouse and the remarkable preservation of its great hall, chambers, and courtyards, offers filmmakers a versatile and authentic medieval setting. Its location, amidst the Scottish landscape with rolling hills and the nearby River Teith, provides a scenic backdrop that enhances its appeal for visual storytelling. This combination of historical authenticity and natural beauty has made Doune Castle a magnet for film and television productions seeking to capture the essence of historical and fantastical narratives.

One of the most iconic uses of Doune Castle was in the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The castle served as the primary location for the film, standing in for various fictional castles in the comedic re-telling of the Arthurian legend. Its walls and courtyards echoed with the absurdity and humor of the Monty Python troupe, leaving an indelible mark on the castle’s legacy and drawing fans of the film to its grounds for decades.

In more recent years, Doune Castle has been immortalized as Castle Leoch in the hit television series “Outlander.” The show, which blends historical fiction with time travel and romance, uses the castle as the seat of Clan MacKenzie in the 18th century. Its appearance in “Outlander” has not only introduced the castle to a new generation of fans but has also contributed to a significant increase in visitor numbers, eager to walk the halls and grounds that have framed the dramatic tales of Claire and Jamie Fraser.

Originally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling plays Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in Outlander TV series .

It also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip. In Outlander Jamie calls Claire Sassenach as a term of affection .

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Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.

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Doune Castle will also feature in the Outlander prequel Blood of my Blood , the story of the parents of Jamie and Claire Fraser . Filming took place in January at the castle .

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This castle is managed by Historic Environment Scotland ( Àrainneachd Eachdraidheil Alba ) , a government agency . Ticket income is used to maintain the castle.

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What Scottish castles are open to tour?
These castles have provided the backdrops for bloody battles or famous films, and are still frequented by Royals or used as family homes.
  • Stirling Castle.
  • Midhope Castle.
  • Blackness Castle.
  • Doune Castle.

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What Scottish castles are open to tour ?

These castles have provided the backdrops for bloody battles or famous films, and are the most popular castles in Scotland

Stirling Castle.
Midhope Castle.
Blackness Castle.
Doune Castle.

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