Walk: Doune by the riverside

Stirling | Doune | Short walk | ★★★

[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]

📌 Walk: Doune by the riverside ★★★
▶ 3 km / 2 miles | ▲ 20 metres
Features: 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.

>> Doune ★★
>> Doune Castle ★★★★

[Riverside path]

Route map

Route credit: Walkhighlands

More photos

[Woodland path between Doune village and castle]

[Doune Castle (27/4/15)]

[Snowdrops by the Ardoch Burn]

[Otter sculpture]

[Woodland tunnel]

[Confluence of the Ardoch Burn (left) & River Teith]

[Distant castle]

[Riverside path]

[Paths are a little muddy in places]

[River Teith in full flow]

[Riverside path]

[Snowdrops]

[George Street, Doune]

[Doune village centre]

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