When in Scotland, it is nearly impossible to tour castles. They are everywhere in all shapes and sizes and periods. Some are in ruins, some pristine, and some in some form of restoration. Doune Castle was in the latter category as it has been stabilized and is having some select restoration preformed. Doune Castle dates to the Medieval period where it was an actual stronghold (as opposed to later castles built for show not defense) near the village of Doune. Doune is in the district of Sirling in central Scotland. The castle sits at the end of a muddy road in a clearing surrounded by woodland near the point where the Ardoch Burn flows into the River Teith.
Mrs. DLPTATL tells me that Doune Castle was used as Castle Leoch, the seat of Clan Mackenzie in the show Outlander.
Culture and experiences
The principal façade of Doune Castle approaching from the drive
A plan of the castle showing how the castle would have looked when fully intact
Points of interest
An interior view of the keep is still a ruin, though it has been re-roofed
A restored, though unfurnished kitchen, this would not have had the flooring shown in the original construction of the castle
A partially restored great hall with a reconstructed oak beamed roof