Our trips – 4 – Doune Castle

Doune Castle - a day trip as part of learning English

Doune Castle is, I’m told, the best preserved medieval castle in Scotland.  That’s why it’s so popular with producers of films and TV series.  It’s featured  in “Game of Thrones”, “Outlander” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”.

Doune was the seat of “Scotland’s uncrowned king” – Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany and Governor of  Scotland.  He acquired the castle in 1361.  He ruled Scotland while its kings were either incapable or imprisoned by the English.

You can take an interesting audio tour of the castle.  It explains the skullduggery that the Duke of Albany resorted to to retain his power, how the castle functioned during the 1300s, and its use as a film set.

If this inspires you, we have the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” on DVD.

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