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Doune is rightly famous for being home to one of Scotland’s finest medieval castles. Well before its construction however the Romans built a hospital fort on the site, strategically placed as it is above the River Teith.
Doune Castle as we know it today was built around 1419 AD in a Scottish baronial style by the Duke of Albany, Robert Stewart, the son of King Robert II of Scotland. Over the years it has been a royal residence, a rebel garrison during the Jacobite rising, a hunting lodge during the Stewart dynasty and a 19th century residence. King James I owned the castle in 1425 followed by the Earls of Moray in 1503.
Military action during the 17th and 18th centuries with the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, Glencairn’s Rising and the Jacobite Risings meant that by 1800 the castle was in ruins. Considerable reconstruction work to the roof and floors was undertaken in the 1880s before it passed into state care in the 20th century.
The castle is now maintained by Historic Scotland and was made infamous in recent years as the set location for the Monty Python film The Holy Grail featuring Terry Gilliam, John Cleese and Michael Palin.