Doune Castle

Castle Hill, Doune FK16 6EA

01786 841 742
 

Access

This site is open for you to enjoy but there are currently some access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure. Find out more about conservation work at our sites.

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

Face coverings

In line with Scottish Government guidance, we strongly encourage visitors to continue to wear face coverings in interior spaces.

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, 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.

Parking

There is a level, tarmac-surfaced car park with two accessible bays. Please call the site in advance of doing this on 01786 841 742, and be aware of pedestrians using this route.

We can accommodate up to three 16 seat minibuses (one per half hour timeslot), but must be booked in advance. Larger coaches should arrange drop-off and pick-up in Doune village and use the upgraded footpaths through the Roman fort site to access the castle. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate motorhomes or campervans in the car park (small campervans can be accommodated if they fit in a normal car parking space).

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

Visitors will be able to explore the castle’s exterior areas freely. However, a one-way route will be in place through the interior spaces. Please be guided by on-site signage. Access to some spaces may be limited. 

  • 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.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

This site is open for you to enjoy but there are currently some access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30 to 5.30pm
Last entry is 4.30pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3pm

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