Castles in Stirling
Stirling is a magnificent city and is strategically positioned to guard the passage between the lowlands and the highlands. When you first go to Stirling and you see Doune Castle you may think you are experiencing déjà vu. This would be understandable as Doune Castle was incorporated in the famous movie, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". Don't forget to visit Sterling Castle when you next visit central Scotland. Its location rivals even Edinburgh Castle for its pure splendor as it sits high up on volcanic rock, making it visible from all directions. Lastly make sure you take a ride out to Loch Leven Castle, which is strategically positioned between Perth, Stirling and Edinburgh. The invading English built it at the end of the 13th century.
The name Doune Castle comes from dun, meaning fortified town. It lies between a tributary burn and the Teith River and is defended on three sides by the ground sloping steeply down to the rivers. The approach from the north is defended by earthworks. Doune Castle was built at the end of the 14th Century for Robert Stewart, the first Duke of Albany, the Regent of Scotland. His son, Murdoch, inherited the castle but it passed to the Crown when he was put to death by James I in 1425. Doune Castle stayed with the Crown for more than a century till it passed in 1570 to Sir James Stewart, the first Lord Doune.
Stirling Castle is one of the grandest castles of Scotland and one of the most popular visitor attractions in the country. It towers majestically from its imposing location, 250 feet above the plains on an elevation that was an extinct volcano. Stirling Castle was of the greatest strategic importance militarily during the 13th and 14th century Wars of Independence.