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13 June 2022

Outlander Castle reopens to the public

Visitors are once again able to explore Doune Castle, which has featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones and Outlander.

Two young girls in renaissance costume stand in front of Doune Castle

One of Scotland’s most iconic heritage attractions and star of hit TV series Outlander, Doune Castle, has reopened to the public.

Access restrictions were put in place temporarily at the castle last year as a precaution for essential high level masonry inspections, while Historic Environment Scotland (HES), who manage the attraction, conducts a full survey of the site.

The iconic visitor attraction which features in Outlander as Castle Leoch, has been reopened with a special access corridor put in place, with visitors once again able to enjoy the interior of the castle, including the courtyard, basement, and many of the smaller chambers. Some minor access restrictions will however remain in place, for ongoing conservation work. 

Visitors are also encouraged to explore the castle grounds, including the new pedestrian bridge over the Ardoch Burn, which was recently opened following a partnership between HES, VisitScotland, Stirling Council, and local community groups to connect the castle with other nearby natural and heritage visitor attractions such as the River Teith, Doune Ponds, the Mill of Doune and the village itself. 

Stephen Duncan, Director of Marketing and Engagement at Historic Environment Scotland (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."

“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.” 

 Tickets for Doune Castle are available to book from the History Awaits page on the HES website and advanced booking is recommended to guarantee entry.

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