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Doune Castle. by johnnythemonkey on 7 April 2007 1:12am
 
I visited the castle for the first time today. For anyone who does'nt know, it was the castle in "The holy Grail"
It was well worth the visit, we really enjoyed it. T.b.h the Python connection does'nt really interest me much. The real history of the place is far more interesting. It was built c1390 and I had a great sense of the history as I walked around it. You can go up to the roof level via well worn spiral stone steps and the views of the countryside and mountains are great, only spoiled by a bloody great wind farm on a hillside a couple of miles away.
I am annoyed at myself for never having visited till now, as it is only 30 miles from my home and I have driven past the village many times, as I was going to today.
The souvenir shop has some tacky Python stuff including a figure of MP as Sir Galahad (looks nothing like him).
LOL, I just thought ,some of you Python nuts might have one. Sad if you have! There were also bottles of "Holy Grail Ale" apparently brewed from burnt, or melted witches or suchlike.
In one of the rooms telling the history of the place, they mention the Python connection and there is a photo of Michael and Terry from a visit in 2002.
Worth a visit from either perspective (Scottish history or Python anorak!)
 
Re: Doune Castle. by peripatetically on 7 April 2007 2:04am
 
I'd love to visit that cstle on my next Scottish visit. Have seen quite a few so far for having only been there for 2 weeks. Scotland is a wonderful place in my opinion and the people are exceptionally friendly.
 
Re: Doune Castle. by Lounge Trekker on 7 April 2007 2:55am
 
You'll hafta take me there, Johnny if I ever get to your land. We'll get Meg to take a picture of us shakin' hands with a bottle of Holy Grail Ale in the other hand!

It being built in the 14th century must make the history very interesting indeed.

So you had a good day trip did you?

Lounge Trekker
 
Re: Doune Castle. by xariesgirl78x on 7 April 2007 3:02am
 
I'd love to go there someday, not just for the Python connection, but for the fact the place just simply seems really cool. :) Scotland's been a place I've wanted to go to for a very long time.
 
Re: Doune Castle. by Caty on 7 April 2007 6:54am
 
John, what an awesome day trip!! Sounds fascinating! I've wanted to see it mostly for the Holy Grail connection, but I am in love with history, and I find it so interesting that a place built over 600 years ago is still around today! Thanks for sharing!
 
Re: Doune Castle. by kazzzz on 7 April 2007 7:32am
 
I believe the gift shop sells coconut shells LOL!
 
Re: Doune Castle. by johnnythemonkey on 7 April 2007 10:01am
 
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/doune/dounecastle/

Here is a link telling the history with some good pictures. Johnnythemonkey was right up there, where the flag-pole is! Hands up all those who would have liked to be standing behind me !
 
Re: Doune Castle. by Clare on 9 April 2007 5:57pm
 
I have been three times, the first time I borrowed the shop's coconuts to run around with. Since then i have taken my own!! The castle is an amazing place to look round, not just because you can recognise all the different parts of the castle they filmed in but also bescause of its fascinating history. They have done a lot of restoration work recently to make parts of the castle more stable.
 



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