Walk: Doune by the riverside
|[River Teith near Doune]|
It's only a few hundred metres from the quiet streets of Doune village to its popular castle, along quiet residential streets with a short footpath completing the job. After getting your Outlander fill from within the stone walls, why not head back by a slightly longer route? A picturesque ramble along the River Teith forms a less direct way back to the village, giving a chance to escape the summer crowds. The first leg loops around a small water treatment centre (but "Doune by the sewage works" wasn't such a catchy name for the walk) before following the water course through fields, woodland and the occasional muddy patch, with several good views back to the castle. With an extra 30-minute (round trip) walk along pavements, you could easily add in Deanston Distillery to make more of a day of it.
|[View back towards Doune Castle from the riverside path]|
Name: Walk: Doune by the riverside ★★★☆☆
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 20 metres
Points of interest: Doune; Doune Castle; Ardoch Burn; River Teith
Start / finish: Car park on Castlehill Court, Doune village centre, G.R.: NN 728015 ///shadows.depth.riverside
Route: Car park - Doune Castle - confluence of Ardoch Burn & River Teith - follow River Teith upstream to A84 - Doune village - start
Terrain: Mix of wide and narrow paths (muddy in places), tracks, minor roads and village pavements.
Wildlife today: Dipper on the Ardoch Burn; dogs being taken for a walk.
Weather today: About 7°C and sunny; moderate breeze with the river full of snowmelt.
>> see separate post for Doune ★★☆☆☆
>> see separate post for Doune Castle ★★★★☆
Route credit: Walkhighlands
|[Woodland path between Doune village and castle]|
|[Doune Castle (April 2015)]|
|[Snowdrops by the Ardoch Burn]|
|[Confluence of the Ardoch Burn (left) & River Teith]|
|[Paths are a little muddy in places]|
|[River Teith in full flow]|
|[George Street, Doune]|
|[Doune village centre]|