Visit Doune and Doune Castle a.k.a. Outlander ‘Castle Leoch’
Outlander is a worldwide phenomenon. The script delivers a cross between a bodice-ripping romance and a parallel love story in different time zones. A time travelling nurse starts the adventure by being transported back to Scotland in the 1740s. The series has captured the imagination of people around the world. Having been shot in a number of iconic Scottish locations, there’s never been a better time to visit Scotland and follow the footsteps of lovers.
When you’re in Doune you are at the gateway to the Loch Lomond National Park and, as an added bonus the Trossachs National Park.
You also have easy access to Doune Castle, the iconic Castle Leoch from Outlander and the Deanston Distillery.
Doune Castle – a stroll from our front door.
Doune Castle is better to known to Outlander fans as Castle Leoch and is home to Jamie’s uncle, Colum Mackenzie. Outlander aside, it’s worth a visit as it’s a 14th century courtyard castle. It has an imposing 100 foot high gatehouse and has one of the best preserved great halls in Scotland. Unlike the more formal settings of Stirling or Edinburgh castle, Doune encourages you to play. You can sit in a wooden throne and rule the land.
The audio tour is recommended and is also rather playful.
Make sure to leave some time to stroll along the river bank and watch the salmon leaping in the River Teith. The Ardoch Burn is a gentle stream ideal for paddling.
Deanston Distillery as an Outlander set.
Deanston is set on the bank of the River Teith and is walking distance from Doune B&B. Handy with the drink driving rules.
While a comparatively new distillery it distils according to a centuries-old process and certainly delivers the goods. The tour starts off with a well-produced video, shows you the full production process and finishes with an obligatory tasting. Treat yourself to a malt to flavour your travels. A distillery warehouses was the setting of a wine warehouse owned by Jamie’s cousin Jared at the docks in Le Havre.
Daytrip to Loch Katrine from Doune B&B
The Trossach’s has a variety of dramatic landscapes and attracts daytrippers, Munro baggers and nature lovers. Our guests at Doune B&B can visit the Loch on an enjoyable round trip in a couple of hours – if in a hurry – or make a day of it if there is the leisure of time.
The loch is surrounded by rolling hills and forests and was enough to inspire Sir Walter Scott’s poem The Lady of the Lake. Fans will recognise the backdrop of the loch to several scenes from Outlander season 2.
Halfway between Callendar and Loch Katrine is the Harbour Café on Loch Venechar – a pleasant stopping point in any weather. During the summer season you can hire an outboard motor boat and explore the Loch.
Ben Aan is along the same route and on the circular trail is the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park which is great for a donder. Thrill-seekers can do the Go Ape treetop trail.