Outlander castle reopens after shutting to save historic stonework

Doune Castle experienced a surge in visitors after taking on a starring role in the hit TV series.

Outlander and Games of Thrones castle reopens to public after closure to save historic stonework Commons

A historic Scottish castle used as the backdrop for a host of fantasy television series including Game of Thrones and Outlander is set to reopen after repairs were carried out on fractured stonework.

Doune Castle partially closed last year so Historic Environment Scotland (HES) could carry out a full survey of the site in order to ensure masonry on the 14th century building could be conserved.

Special access corridors have now been put in place at the building, allowing visitors to descend into the depths of the basement and smaller chambers.

The fortress, located near Stirling, took on the role as Castle Leoch in Outlander and featured as part of Winterfell in episodes of the George R.R. Martin TV adaptation.

It was also used as the main filming location for the cult parody Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1974.

In 2020, HES said the “Outlander effect” had boosted tourism numbers at the location by more than 200% thanks to the popularity of the programme.

Stephen Duncan, director of marketing and engagement at HES said: “We are delighted to be able to reopen the interior of the castle once more after access restrictions were put in place for essential high masonry work.  

“We know how keen visitors are to enjoy the castle, which is an iconic site and has featured in a wealth of productions, including most recently in Outlander. 

“The castle and the surrounding village are a hugely popular destination, and we look forward to welcoming visitors back through the castle doors so they can enjoy this much-loved heritage attraction once again.”  

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