The Red Lion Inn is ideally situated in central Scotland;
3 miles from the M9 motorway and as such is approximately 1 hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, 30 minutes from Perth and 15 minutes from Stirling.
Despite being centrally located, the Inn is only 30 minutes from the stunning beauty of the Trossachs which Queen Victoria described as the ‘Highlands in miniature’.
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The name ‘Doune’ is derived from the Gaelic word ‘dun’ meaning ‘hill fort’; referring to the mound on which Doune castle now stands, on the banks of the river Teith.
Recent history of the castle shows that it was built as a hunting lodge and retreat by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, who was the Regent of Scotland from 1396-1420. Much of the castle has been restored in recent centuries, but it is still one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.
The castle was later used as a hunting seat by James II and a dower house for Mary of Gueldres, Margaret of Denmark and Margaret Tudor; the consorts of James II, James III and James IV respectively.
Doune castle has had a varied and interesting history; in 1570, Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in the castle and in 1645, Graham Duke of Montrose occupied Doune. In 1689, the government of William III garrisoned the castle when fighting the covenanters. Most recently, the castle was seized by the Jacobites in 1745 and used as a prison. The roof of the castle was destroyed by 1800 and was restored later in the century.
Doune castle has been used in many films and television series, but is perhaps best known as the castle in the Monty Python movie ‘The Holy Grail’ and every year; hundreds of fans flock to the castle to celebrate the anniversary with some of the members of the cast.