Doune Castle photographs
This is a picture of Doune castle situated in the small hamlet of Doune in Perthshire, Scotland.
Doune Castle may look strangely familiar, even to those who have never visited before. Don't worry, you are not experiencing deja vu. Doune Castle is the place where they filmed "Monty Python and the Holy Grail".
The impressive fortress of Doune Castle was built in the late 14thC by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, who effectively ruled Scotland during the reign of Robert III and while James I was imprisoned in England. Upon Robert Stewart's death in 1420 his son Murdoch suceeded him as Regent. King James was freed in 1424 and had Murdoch executed and his lands were confiscated. The castle then became a Royal hunting lodge. Used by a variety of famous Kings and Queens (such as Mary Queen of Scots) and during the Jacobite rebellion of 1715 government forces held Doune. However, in the 1745 it was taken by the Jacobites of Bonnie Prince Charlie and used as a prison.