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At this time the grounds around Doune Castle should only be used for individuals and households to exercise once a day. If you need a vehicle to get here from your home, then this is non-essential travel and does not comply with Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing rules.

The car park:

  • is 275m from the castle entrance
  • is level tarmac
  • has two accessible spaces

Visitors can be dropped off at the castle gate by arrangement – please call 01786 841 742.

A car must reverse either to or from the gate, as there’s no turning place. Great care must be taken as pedestrians use this route.

Alternatively, visitors can use Castle Hill public car park in the nearby village of Doune and walk to the castle. We ask that visitors do not park on Castle Road.

Approach to site

The path to the castle is 275m long and visible from the car park. It begins as tarmac at a slight incline and ends in rough and uneven cobbles at a very steep gradient.

Cobbles are very slippery when wet. There is a single handrail to the right hand side of the entrance gate.

Visitor centre

Entry is up four high, uneven stone steps (no handrail).


Entry to the castle courtyard and cellar is via a steep, cobbled (but partially timbered) tunnel.

The courtyard is grassed and uneven.

The ground floor exhibition has step-free access.

The first floor of the castle:

  • includes the kitchen, great hall and Duke’s Hall
  • is reached by a straight stair of 13 steps (with handrail)
  • has several raised thresholds

The second floor:

  • houses the Duchess’s Hall and other chambers
  • is reached by spiral staircases (with handrails)


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


An adapted toilet is about 300m from the castle, in a cottage reached by an artificial grass surface.


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.

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Opening times

The grounds of this site are open and free to visit. The castle is currently closed.

We’re working hard to gradually reopen the places you love while making sure the experience is safe for everyone.


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