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Special arrangements are currently in place at Doune Castle, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic. These arrangements are detailed below, and will be regularly updated. Last updated: 28 July 2020.

Although things may be a little different, we hope that you will have an enjoyable visit and will be greeted with a warm and friendly smile by staff.

Safety measures

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and physical distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
  • Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures, including our toilet facilities, to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are now mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)

Watch our video on what to expect when you visit our sites

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.

We offer free entry for carers accompanying visitors with disabilities. To book a free carer ticket, please email ticketing@hes.scot and quote your order number.

Parking

There is a level, tarmac-surfaced car park with two accessible bays. Visitors can be dropped off at the castle by reversing a car up to the gate. Please call the site in advance of doing this on 01786 841 742, and be aware of pedestrians using this route.

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.

What will be open during your visit 

One-way route in operation 

  • All external areas
  • Kitchen tower (upper level closed)
  • The Solar
  • Lord’s Hall
  • Gatehouse Tower (no access to the bedchambers)
  • Two unisex toilets
  • Parking (no parking for larger coaches or mobile homes)

What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit

  • Ice-house
  • Ground floor cellars
  • Kitchen tower - no access to upper level, Mary Rooms
  • The bedchambers in the Gatehouse Tower
  • Wall walk
  • Audio guides

Visiting the site

Please note: While specific arrangements are currently in place at the castle, staff are eager to assist any visitors with specific requirements. Please contact the site or make staff aware if you have any concerns.

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. Face coverings should be worn in interior spaces. 

  • The castle entrance has rough, uneven cobbles and is on an upward slope with a single handrail
  • The audio guide will not be available at this time
  • 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 Queen Mary bedchamber will not be open at this time
  • The second floor, containing the Duchess’s Hall and other chambers, is reached by uneven spiral staircases with handrails
  • Some of the castle’s smaller spaces will be closed at this time

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.

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Opening times

1-31 Oct:
Daily, 10am to 4pm

Advance booking required.

Winter opening times to be confirmed.

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