Doune Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic heritage attractions, has reopened to the public following inspection work.
Built in the early 14th century, the castle is known for its striking 100ft-high gatehouse and one of the best preserved great halls in the country. Its battlements afford stunning views of the River Teith and Ben Lomond.
Access restrictions were put in place temporarily at the castle last year as a precautionary measure. While it was closed, Historic Environment Scotland (HES), who manage the attraction, conducted essential high level masonry inspections.
The iconic visitor attraction has featured in the television series Outlander as Castle Leoch, as well as the HBO series Game of Thrones and the 1975 comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
A special access corridor has now been put in place for visitors, who once again will be able to enjoy the interior of the castle, including the courtyard, basement, and its many small chambers.
Some minor access restrictions will remain in place, however, for ongoing conservation work.
Meanwhile, a new pedestrian bridge within the castle grounds has recently opened following a partnership between HES, VisitScotland, Stirling Council, and various local community groups.
The bridge over the Ardoch Burn connects the castle with other natural and heritage attractions nearby, such as River Teith, Doune Ponds, the Mill of Doune, and the village itself.
Commenting on the news, Stephen Duncan of HES said: ‘We are delighted to be able to reopen the interior of the castle once more after access restrictions were put in place for essential high masonry work.’
‘We know how keen visitors are to enjoy the castle, which is an iconic site and has featured in a wealth of productions, including most recently in Outlander,’ he added.
‘The castle and the surrounding village are a hugely popular destination, and we look forward to welcoming visitors back through the castle doors so they can enjoy this much-loved heritage attraction once again.’
HES is the lead public body charged with caring for, protecting, and promoting the historic environment of Scotland.
Tickets to Doune Castle are available to book from the History Awaits page on the HES website. Advance booking is recommended.