Doune is a quiet historic village situated 8 miles north west of Stirling on the River of Teith.
This popular tourist centre was once renowned as a centre for pistol-making and for its formidable castle, built by Robert, Duke of Albany in the 14th century. Today the most prominent features of the castle are its mighty 95 ft high gatehouse, which also houses domestic quarters including the splendid Lord's Hall with its carved oak screen, musicians' gallery and double fireplace. More recently, the castle's fame has rested on being one of the locations used in the filming of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Other buildings of architectural and historical interest in the village include the Kilmadock Parish Church built in 1822, the Market Cross built in 1620, the Moray Institute and the Bridge of Teith built in 1533.
A few miles south of the village the Blair Drummond Safari Park attempts to recreate the African bush in the Scottish countryside. This is the only safari park in the country and contains many wild animals from big cats to sea lions and elephants.