Gryphon Park
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Doune Castle

If you imagine a Frenchman at the top of a castle rampart saying things like "silly English kaniggets" and "your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries," these pictures of Doune Castle should look very familiar.  That is because it is one of the primary filming sites for the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The second picture is taken from the vantage point where Arthur and his knights took refuge after the cow attack and formulated their ill fated Trojan Rabbit plan.

This castle was used not only for the scene where Authur and his knights get taunted by the French but also for many other scenes including Camelot, the wedding scene, and the scenes in Castle Anthrax. More details are about the scenes filmed at Doune Castle are available at the Scotland Movie Location Guide page on Doune Castle.

Our guide book had incorrectly warned us that Historic Scotland was not too pleased about castle being known as "the Monty Python Castle". The gentleman on duty when we arrived was a huge fan of the movie and gave us coconuts so we could recreate the "horse" trot sounds of the movie while exploring the castle. The gift shop had plenty of Monty Python-related merchandise, so it looks like Historic Scotland has embraced the castle's more recent history. If you are a Monty Python fan and in Scotland, the Doune castle is definately a don't-miss site.

The following two pictures are from the top of the castle. Those Frenchmen had a good view while taunting King Arthur.

Castle Urquhart

Castle Urquhart is located on the shores of Loch Ness. We did not see any monsters in the Loch, nor did we expect to.

Stirling Castle


While our favorite megathic sites were on Orkney, we saw several other interesting sites.

Clava Cairns
Standing Stones at Kilmartin