CAS­TLE A STAR

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It may not have been the home of Brave­heart, but Doune Cas­tle in cen­tral Scot­land has a rich his­tory both on and off the screen.

Doune Cas­tle, built in the 14th cen­tury, has a 100-foot high gatehouse, do­mes­tic quar­ters and a mag­nif­i­cent grand hall.

It is most fa­mous for its star­ring role as the fic­tional Cas­tle Leoch in Out­lander, but it also dou­bled as Camelot, and ap­peared in Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, and the

Game of Thrones pi­lot.

It was built for Robert Ste­wart, Duke of Al­bany, who ruled as gover­nor of Scot­land.

The cas­tle was last ac­tively used dur­ing the 1745 Ja­co­bite ris­ing when it was used by Bon­nie Prince Charlie and Ja­co­bite High­landers.

It was re­stored in 1883. His­toric Scot­land took over its care in 1970.

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