Our journey from Lochleven to Doune Castle
We journeyed over the really incredible Queensferry Crossing What a sight to see and it was still so new at the time. We drove over this bridge a lot during our trip.
If I were to just ask my friends or family, not many would know about this really incredible place. Honestly, I did not know too much about it either until Paula told me about it. Paula, as I have mentioned, is a great Outlander fan, therefore our trip incorporated some of the spots where this really cool book come to life is filmed.
According to Historic Scotland, Doune Castle has a long history of fortification. There is a Roman fort is nearby, so some of the masonry and earthworks of the now present castle probably include parts of the earlier castle that stood here.
However, the castle looks the way it does today largely due to ‘Scotland’s uncrowned king’. Doune was the seat of Robert Stewart, the 1st Duke of Albany and Governor of Scotland. In 1361 he acquired the castle after he married Margaret Graham, Countess of Menteith.
So, with that being said the castle has a rich history and it also is quite familiar to many people who have seen such movies as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Outlander and even Game of Thrones!
Doune Castle is also the 2nd place I have broken my phone! My 1st was at Linlithgow Palace in Linlithgow. I destroyed it there, here it was just one crack. At any rate, it was super cool to come here and see where not only Outlander has been filmed, but Game of Thrones and of course Monty Python and the Holy Grail. While we were there some reenactments were being performed, some work was being done inside, due to all of the filming, the grass was messed up pretty bad.
Paula had a blast here, it was on her list of places to go and we made it! It was a good place to sit and just take all the history in. Lucky for me this trip and the next one I made to Scotland, my “2G” service was getting better and better and I was able to look stuff up about the castle.
As always, comments or corrections are appreciated!
Next stop, The National Wallace Monument…
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