Doune Castle Castles
Doune castle is located in central Scotland and is a one hour drive from Glasgow by car.  My family and I visited the castle in 1998  while travelling en route from Fort William in the north to Fintry to stay at Culcreuch castle.   The castle caught my eye because my son Douglas and I had built a paper model of it the year before.  We stopped to explore the castle and found it to be quite interesting.  The main buildings and chambers were fairly intact as were the curtain walls, although there were some areas that were inaccessible.   The stone ramparts along the castle walls were badly deteriorated and unusable.  While wandering around the castle, I had this strange sense of familiarity as if I had been their before.  At first I assumed that it had something to do with the model I had built with Douglas.  It wasn't until later, when we returned from our vacation that I realized that Doune castle was used in the filming of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  I made the connection while watching the film one evening, and verified my suspicions by checking the movie credits.
"You're not riding a horse, you're just banging two empty halves of coconut together..."