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Outlander Sets. Castle Leoch Is Doune Castle. Nine Things You Should Know

Outlander Sets. Castle Leoch Is Doune Castle. Nine Things You Should Know
Ignacio Zara
Outlander Sets. Castle Leoch Is Doune Castle

Outlander Sets. Castle Leoch Is Doune Castle

Outlander TV show is one of the most famous series this year. Everybody loves its music, plot and stars. Sam Heughan playing the role as Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser is amazing and Caitriona Balfe as Claire is simply the best. Don’t you think so? In fact, it seems Outlander delivers good luck!

For example, Doune Castle (near Stirling in Scotland) has seen a 45% increase in visitors since it took a starring role as Castle Leoch in the TV show. Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said the boost at Doune Castle was due to the “highly successful TV series” Outlander. The show “now attracts visitors on both a UK and international level.”

Today, nine things you should know about Doune Castle.

Castle Leoch in Outlander TV show

Castle Leoch in Outlander TV show

Doune Castle was built in the thirteenth century, but was damaged in the Scottish Wars of Independence.

Thus, the castle was rebuilt in its present form in the late 14th century by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany (c.1340–1420), the son of King Robert II of Scotland.

Afterwards, when Albany’s son was executed, the castle passed to the crown, and was used as a hunting lodge.

Of course, the castle saw military action during the Jacobite Risings of the late 17th century and 18th century.

By 1800 the castle was ruined, but restoration works were carried out in the 1880s.

It was planned as a courtyard with ranges of buildings on each side. Wonderful!

Doune Castle is currently maintained by Historic Scotland.

The castle was used as a location in MGM’s 1952 historical film Ivanhoe which featured Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor.

The castle was also used as the set for Winterfell in the TV series Game of Thrones (2011–present).

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