“Your mother is a hamster, and your father smells of elderberries” – John Cleese
Not far from Dunblane lies a castle probably most famous in Scottish culture and history for its role in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Glasgow to Doune – 41 minutes
Firstly, forgive the ugly selfie – but I couldn’t not take one with a look that screamed ‘run away’ like King Arthur and his knights of the round table in Monty Python and the Holy Grail as live farmstock is catapulted at them by childish French soldiers.
Just outside Dunbar, Doune is a very small, quaint village home to a castle and church almost larger than the town itself. The castle itself is understandably in a bad way and held together by large chunks of scaffolding on the side. I’m amazed to find out that it is still culturally relevant today however as it is used prominently in the American sci-fi drama ‘Outlander’.
A quick walk around the grounds doesn’t lead to much, despite signposts for it, the bridge of teith never transpires and it’s a quick loop back to the castle. The castle itself is still a tourist attraction, although a quick discussion with the Historic Scotland worker suggests Outlander and Monty Python are largely responsible for this, indeed there is an American tour group here at the same time as me purely for that reason.
Entry is £5.50 and whilst the historical side of the castle itself is fairly bland, any Python fan will enjoy Terry Jones audio guide that accompanies you. One for the fans alone.