Doune Castle

 

Access

Make sure you don't miss the castle grounds, which include a woodland walk, the site of a Roman fort and new pedestrian bridge. A visit to the castle isn't complete without a trip into the village of Doune!

What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit 

  • The wall walk at the top of the gatehouse tower
  • Some of the grass courtyard
  • All of the grass slopes outside the castle walls

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.

Parking

There is a level, tarmac-surfaced car park. Please note that due to high visitor numbers, parking is only available to visitors to the castle.

We have two accessible bays, which are available on a first come first served basis. Find out more about parking at Doune Castle.

Approach to the site

There is an adapted toilet in the cottage, 25m along an artificial grass path from the car park.

The path to the castle is 275m long. It starts off on tarmac at a slight incline and ends with a very steep gradient and rough, uneven cobbles. These can be very slippery when wet. The route is visible from the car park.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at Doune Castle.

Visiting the site

  • The castle entrance has rough, uneven cobbles and is on an upward slope with a single handrail
  • Tour through the site with our audio guide using your own mobile phone - included in ticket price. You'll need internet access. We'll show you how to load the guide in an email before you arrive
  • The courtyard is grassed and uneven. The ground floor shop is step-free
  • The first floor, including Kitchen, Great Hall and Duke’s Hall, is reached up a straight stair of 13 steps with a handrail. There are several raised thresholds
  • The second floor, containing the Duchess’s Hall and other chambers, is reached by uneven spiral staircases with handrails

Surroundings

The castle sits in extensive wood and parkland. There is a footpath to the village of Doune and a riverside walk below the castle.

Please note that work on the grass areas surrounding the castle is currently taking place.

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Opening times

29 Mar to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30 to 5.30pm (last entry is 4.45pm).

1 Oct to 28 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.15pm)

We recommend booking online in advance to guarantee entry. Please note that work on the grass areas surrounding the castle is currently taking place.

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