Facts about Doune Castle – Castle Leoch in Outlander
Discover the story of Doune Castle in Perthshire, Scotland – which features as the fictional Castle Leoch in the Outlander TV series. Explore historic attractions from series 1 and 2 of Outlander.
Doune Castle was built in the 14th century for Robert Stewart, duke of Albany, following his marriage to Margaret Graham, Countess of Menteith. The Duke was the younger brother of King Robert III and effectively ruled the kingdom between 1386 until his death in 1420, because of Robert III’s infirmity, and the imprisonment of his heir James I in England.
The castle was built for both defensive and domestic use and has a 100-foot gatehouse and well-preserved kitchen complex. Doune Castle also has one of Scotland’s best preserved great halls, with a musician’s gallery.
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Doune Castle on screen
Doune Castle has proved something of a favourite with TV and film producers, having featured in several high profile TV series and films. The castle features heavily in the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the castle’s current audio tour features a voice over by Monty Python actor and director Terry Jones.
More recently, the castle has appeared in episodes of Game of Thrones as the set for Winterfell, and in the Outlander series as Castle Leoch.
Visit Doune Castle
Doune Castle, Castle Hill, Doune, Perthshire FK16 6EA; website.
(image copyright Brian MacLennan)