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Doune Castle
Doune Castle

Doune Castle

Castle Hill, Doune, Perthshire, United Kingdom

The Basics

The best way to independently visit Doune Castle, managed by Historic Environment Scotland, is to prebook your timed entry. An audio tour, narrated by Monty Python star Terry Jones, guides you around the property, revealing tales from the castle’s history and filming anecdotes. Your entry includes access to several rooms, including the great hall and the kitchen, although the interior is mostly empty.

Screen buffs might prefer to visit the caste as part of anOutlander-themed tours from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Or, join a sightseeing tour with included transportation that combines a visit to two castles, Stirling and Duone. Other tours venture into Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

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Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
$56.17 per adult
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Stirling g trip
Keith was a great trip guide. Funny informative and nothing was up much trouble. Enjoyed ye whole day !
Margaret_K, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Stirling

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Highly recommend this tour company
James_R, Aug 2021
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Keith was a great tour guide, he adapted the itinerary to meet what we wanted to do during the day and was very knowledgable about numerous areas of Scotland and their history. Would highly recommend Heart of Sctoland Tours ltd.
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Sterling was “Sterling “!!
DavidDawg, Mar 2020
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Graham , our guide did a great job ! The Castle was beautiful and the history is remarkable! The Highland and Whiskey distillery are nice !
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One day trip outside Edinburgh
Laurence_T, Mar 2020
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
We were a group of 11 looking for a one day trip around Edinburgh. The balance between time in the bus and time outside is perfect. The guide was really nice and very interesting. I definitely recommand this tour.
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silverglate, Feb 2020
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Gregor was an amazing guide and the tour was an efficient way to see some of the areas most historical and beautiful sights. I would do this tour again. Great for kids
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Impressive tour
irinelrotar, Jan 2020
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Special many thanks to Paul, our driver and guide, which was so generous in giving many interesting info about places and Scottish tradition.
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Such a good your!
Giuseppe S, Jan 2020
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
It was very entertaining and informative tour mixing the history of Scotland and the battle around the castle with whisky and great views! Gregor was a great guide as well!
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Stirling Castle and Glengoyne Distillery Tour
Sujatha M, Dec 2019
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
The entire trip was a blast despite the rain. Alan was wonderful and extremely considerate. I was traveling with my elderly mum who is over 70 and can barely.walk but Alan was very understanding and helpful. His knowledge and the little snippets were interesting and unusual. An excellent tour - must travel by the wee bus at least once when you're in Edinburgh.
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Graham = Awesome
Tyler2448, Dec 2019
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
This tour is awesome, by far the highlight of our trip to Edinburgh and Scotland. Graham was very knowledgeable and made the day extremely fun. A class act that made this a memorable day. Take us back to the bonnie bonnie banks Graham!!
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Great tour with our driver Paul...
Jennifer K, Sep 2017
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Great tour with our driver Paul. Stirling Castle was interesting, the scenery was incredible and the whiskey tasting was more entertaining than than I expected. We even got an extra stop at Doune Castle because our group was so prompt. It was a great day.
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Worth it!
untitledkiss, Dec 2019
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Eddie our driver was very knowledgeable and made the time fly by. This is a well priced tour and although all tours seem a bit rushed, this one seems to split the time pretty fair. Stirling castle was amazing, wish we had more rime there. All in all, worth it!
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Absolutely amazing and worth every...
valuevintage, Nov 2017
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Absolutely amazing and worth every penny! Stirling Castle is breathtaking and so is Loch Lomond. We even had a bonus photo op and stopped at Doune Castle which is also gorgeous and used in the shows Outlander and Game of Thrones. Our guide, Paul was funny, nice, easygoing and very knowledgeable. All in all a great albeit cold! day! I would book through you again! Jeannine
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Incredible Scotland day tour
rstag731, Nov 2019
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Heart of Scotland tours, specifically our tour guide Graham, did an incredible job of encompassing the culture of Scotland throughout our tour. He was very knowledgeable in Scotland’s history and geography. We could not have asked for a better guide or tour overall!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Doune Castle is a must for Monty Python fans and history buffs.

  • You find parking and restrooms at the castle, and plenty of cafes in the nearby village of Doune.

  • Entry to the castle is included with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass.

  • Much of the castle is inaccessible to travelers using wheelchairs.

  • There are views of the River Teith toward the Menteith Hills from the battlements.

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How to Get There

Doune Castle is about 9 miles (14 kilometers) from Stirling for a 20-minute drive. First Scotland East bus service No. 59 runs between Stirling and Callander, stopping at Bank Street in Doune village, about .5 miles (.8 kilometers) from the castle site for about a 10-minute walk.

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When to Get There

Doune Castle is open daily year-round with extended opening hours between April and September. If you visit outside of these months, note that last entry is 3:30pm.

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Deanston Distillery

While in Doune, consider making a visit to nearby Deanston Distillery. Set on the banks of the River Teith, this distillery—housed in an old cotton mill—has been producing Scotch whisky since the 1960s. Tours range from standard distillery tours that include a tasting of 12-year-old whisky to special tours of the old cooperage—now a warehouse for maturing whiskies—where you can taste spirits straight from the cask.

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