Doune Castle

Brought to prominence by Scotland’s ‘uncrowned king’ Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Doune Castle is one of Scotland’s best medieval keeps. Though some restoration work was undertaken, it was done faithfully and the castle remains an outstanding example of 15th century architecture. A short ride from Stirling, the Albany Stewarts ensured that their home was within metaphorical whispering distance of the centre of royal power.

Things get a bit silly at Doune. This once-quiet castle has starred in many films and television programmes, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail – in fact, you can ask for coconut shells at the front desk if you’re keen on recreating King Arthur’s antics. More recently it’s become a pilgrimage site for Outlander fans, with Doune standing in as Castle Leoch where much of the show’s drama unfolds.