Central Scotland - Doune Castle - home to Scotland's rulers, fictional lairds and coconuts!

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Doune Castle - home to Scotland's rulers, fictional lairds and coconuts!

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(27 reviews)
40 mins

About the tour

Join Emma for a walk around the exterior of this formidable 15th century castle. Built for the Regent Albany, the great grandson of Robert the Bruce. Hear about his ruthless behaviour & a tale of a great escape that took place during the Jacobite Rising of 1745. The castle has played a starring role in a number of film productions too which brings many "set-jetting" visitors each year - Monty Python's The Holy Grail, Outlander where the castle is used as the seat of Clan MacKenzie and most recently as the Douglas Castle in Outlaw King, Netflix's movie about Robert the Bruce. We will finish with a quick look at the River Teith which is used to supply water for the manufacture of the nearby Deanston Distillery's Single Malt Whisky.

Meet Mary's Meanders Tours

Mary's Meanders Tours

Emma and Anne run Mary’s Meanders Tours & both have been guiding around Central Scotland for 8 years. They are lucky to be based in the historic Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots their namesake. A Dublin lass, born and bred, Emma came to Scotland via San Francisco, having married a Scotsman. Now resident, with her family, in the Linlithgow area since 2003, she brings a warm Irish hospitality to everyone she meets. Anne hails originally from Glasgow, but also boasts a proud Gaelic heritage, with her Mum, one of the dwindling band of native Gaelic speakers, and her MacLeod ancestors, coming from the Isle of Harris, where she spent her childhood summers on a traditional croft. They both love sharing the history, stories, and culture of Scotland with their guests including historic fiction, especially Outlander. One of their highlights of the past few years was when Visit Scotland asked Mary’s Meanders to host Diana Gabaldon the author on an Outlander tour. Anne is also an enthusiastic amateur genealogist and loves nothing better than getting immersed in the family trees of our ancestry visitors – and unearthing new information or special places to visit. Join Emma and Anne as they transport you to the world of Mary Queen of Scots and the home of Jamie Fraser, with Mary’s Meanders, you’ll arrive a visitor and leave a friend!

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Central Scotland with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 40 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Central Scotland. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Jane A.

01 May 2021

Great to be out with these two lovely ladies Emma and Anne. Thank you for a most interesting tour in wonderful weather.

Diana (Ottawa, Canada) L.

01 May 2021

Emma seems like a great tour guide, and she knows her history. Unfortunately the windy weather seemed to be working against her today and the video reception was poor. It would also be great if she'd hold up the photographs a little longer, and maybe have them on cardboard so they wouldn't move around so much.

Patricia J.

01 May 2021

As Emma only showed us the outside of the castle, the tour was a bit disappointing, although she did show us what the structure of the castle was like from the inside. Then it was just a walk by the river, but the signal was not good and Emma did apologise for the poor reception. All the historical information was fine, but could have been obtained by Googling Doune Castle and it was hard to get any atmosphere from being on the outside, especially when visitors were actually entering the castle! Emma does interesting tours,but we're always on the outside & never getting in!

Pamela & Charlie B.

01 May 2021

Emma is a delight! And I love the hat! Her tour of the Scottish castle and the history of the kings and tidbits about TV shows filmed there were all fascinating. We'll be joining her for more tours.

Coralee🌞📷🌎 M.

01 May 2021

Interesting to see Doune Castle and a little bit of the picturesque walk around the castle. Love to see Outlander references.

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