Talk:Doune Castle

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Good article Doune Castle has been listed as one of the Warfare good articles under the good article criteria. If you can improve it further, please do so. If it no longer meets these criteria, you can reassess it.
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November 6, 2008 Good article nominee Listed
December 13, 2010 Peer review Reviewed
Current status: Good article


Dave, this is an extraordinarily well written start to an article. Did you write this from scratch or pull in material from somewhere else? Enquiring minds want to know how you do it. - Taxman 19:17, Sep 23, 2004 (UTC)

thanks - the sources are given, I've taken the family to Doune castle in the past. My son pinched the car for a visit with his pals to the Trossachs this summer and they visited it during a monty python re-enactment by coincidence. I'd read Waverley in paperback and noticed the reference to Doune, and have the holy grail DVD. The history bit came from a google search which turned up the linked articles. Having retired from a job which involved reading and sometimes paraphrasing documents, Wikipedia is good fun. That's all, folks -dave souza 16:34, 25 Sep 2004 (UTC)

The current photo is nice, but the article really needs a photo of the outside too, and/or of the neighbouring Teith shore (which is very beautiful, on the occasional day when it isn't raining). I'll ask around and see if someone has one. - Middenface

Since Sunday was such a nice day I cycled to Doune and took some pictures. Which ones do you think would be good? -- mo 21:38, Nov 29, 2004 (UTC)
Numbers 9, 4, 5 and 8 in that sequence cover the castle well: I've a shot which shows the entrance tower in kinder lighting than 4, but the trees in the foreground cover the rest of the castle so 4 is much more informative. Great work:...dave souza 23:55, 29 Nov 2004 (UTC)
I don't think that many pictures fit on to the page. I will try to modify 4 a little so it's nicer to look at. -- mo 19:39, Dec 2, 2004 (UTC)
If the thumbnail size isn't too large it should be ok: I'd suggest 9 at the top, keep the courtyard scene after 4, and if it looks too crowded I think 8's the least exciting. It's also possible to include a link in the caption to pictures that aren't on the page: want me to add captions? dave souza 23:07, 2 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Yeah, good idea. Feel free to upload the pictures and to add them, as I don't have time until monday to do so. Just make sure they are signed as Public Domain. Thanks. -- mo 16:57, Dec 3, 2004 (UTC)
Hope that's ok - have taken the liberty of doing a bit of cropping, resizing and adjusting levels - if they've lost in the translation you may want to upload better copies with the same name to supersede these images..dave souza 19:21, 5 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Well done, thank you. I changed the licence to Public Domain, but otherwise, the pictures are fine. -- mo 19:45, Dec 6, 2004 (UTC)


I think the castle at the beginning of "The Tale of Sir Launcelot" (DVD chap 15) is Bodiam Castle in East Sussex. Probably shot toward the SW tower. Blaguard 03:40, 31 December 2005 (UTC)

Free Coconuts?[edit]

At the risk of providing original research, I question the line about paying a fee to use the castle's coconut shells. As of a couple of years ago when I visited, use of the coconut shells was gratis. Have they begun to charge?

--JohnPomeranz 14:19, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

As of April 2nd, 2011, no, there is no charge to make use of the coconut shells. (talk) 15:51, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

Unsourced Claims / Spam[edit]

"Doune has a considerable claim to be among the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland, and is undoubtedly the finest castle of its date (late 14th century) in the country."

This sounds like it comes straight out of the tourist brochure for the castle (which it almost certainly does). It's opinionated, full of pointless subjective qualifiers -- e.g. "finest" -- and color to encourage people to visit. It's essentially spam. Historic Scotland makes a nice profit from castle visitors.

Actually, Historic Scotland doesn't make any profit, its a government agency. But yes, there are too many peacock words in this article. Another one for my to-do list... Jonathan Oldenbuck (talk) 09:46, 17 September 2008 (UTC)


The castle has stood for over 600 years and the half the article is on its location as Monty Python and the Holy Grail? That's seriously lame. Dreadful, dreadfully inadequate article. Typical wikiquality. 100% Wikiality. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:10, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Well, fix it Dear Heny. Morganfitzp (talk) 20:09, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

King Lear?[edit]

Several scene's in Shakespeare's King Lear take place in "Albany Palace" or "Albany Castle," home the Duke of Albany and Lear's eldest daughter, Goneril. Is this the same castle? Morganfitzp (talk) 20:09, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Seems unlikely, since King Lear is a work of fiction, based on a mythical character. There have been a number of Dukes of Albany, but I don't think any of them ever married someone called Goneril. As far as I know, there is no Albany Castle - "Albany" derives from Alba, a name for Scotland in general. Jonathan Oldenbuck (talk) 09:46, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

HBO production Game of Thrones filming[edit]

Doune Castle is to be the setting for a new film and scenes are being shot now. Regards, Rumjal --rumjal 14:27, 24 October 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Rumjal (talkcontribs)