New Bridge connects Doune’s heritage belongings with the pure setting


The brand new bridge is a collaborative partnership involving Historic Atmosphere Scotland (HES), Stirling Council, and local people teams – the Kilmadock Improvement Belief, Kilmadock Group Council and Doune & District Enterprise Affiliation.

A part of a long-term funding technique from HES, the initiative was funded by the Scottish Authorities’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF), which is managed by VisitScotland and helps collaborative initiatives that target bettering the customer expertise in rural components of Scotland. In addition to the brand new bridge, future plans for the positioning embody an improved transport hub that includes further and accessible parking areas, an extension of the trail community between the citadel and the village and the refurbishment of the village bathrooms.

The brand new bridge was opened by HES Chief Government Alex Paterson, joined by representatives from the teams concerned within the mission, together with HES apprentices, whose craft expertise have been central to creating of the brand new construction.

Spanning the Ardoch Burn by The Mill of Doune, the brand new bridge utilises native timber and sustainable practices to create a brand new hyperlink between the previous and the current. As a part of this, the first timber used is homegrown Scottish Larch, sourced regionally from woods to the north-east of Doune along with the Moray Property, inside which Doune Fortress is situated. Domestically sourced stone was additionally used for the brand new development with HES’s personal in home apprentice workforce studying conventional expertise to chop and lay it in place.

New paths full the connection from the citadel to the riverside to attach with the village.


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Curiosity in Doune Fortress has risen considerably lately, thanks partly to it that includes prominently in world TV hit, Outlander. To this point nonetheless, there was no apparent pedestrian hyperlinks between Doune Fortress and Doune Village, that means guests and locals had no pure path to take pleasure in different native points of interest by foot, together with the River Teith, Ardoch Burn, Doune Ponds, the Mill of Doune and the village itself.

The bridge additionally types a part of a brand new interpretive path developed by HES, devised along with the area people to inform the broader story of the realm. As a part of this, new info panels, fingerposts and method markers have been created alongside the trail route, highlighting totally different points of interest throughout the space, together with the historic Mill – famously sketched by J.M.W. Turner when he visited Doune in 1834, and a brand new panel displaying a reconstruction illustration of Doune’s Roman fort constructed round AD 79.

Talking on the opening of the brand new bridge, HES Chief Government Alex Paterson stated:

Doune Fortress and the encircling village are great heritage and tourism points of interest, which have seen a marked rise in reputation lately.

“Whereas that is at all times welcome, particularly given the significance of heritage tourism to each the native and wider Scottish economic system, it additionally highlights the necessity for and significance of sustainable funding to make sure websites like Doune and its local people are maintained and guarded, to allow them to be loved by guests and locals now and into the long run.

“The development of this new bridge is a superb instance of that method, working with native communities and companions to enhance the general customer provide by linking the citadel to different points of interest across the space, thereby additional enhancing what was already a first-class customer vacation spot.”

Rob Dickson, Director of Business and Vacation spot Improvement at VisitScotland, stated:

“Investing in our customer locations is a key a part of VisitScotland’s work. The ever-popular Doune Fortress has grown extra in style lately resulting from its look within the hit TV sequence Outlander. That is unbelievable for tourism within the area, however growing guests require an efficient infrastructure which can be to the good thing about the area people.

“The completion of the brand new pedestrian bridge is welcome and marks an vital step in encouraging guests to maneuver between the citadel and the village. It’s a part of a wider mission, funded by the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, to enhance services within the native space.

All of us must play our half in being accountable guests and initiatives like this one at Doune will assist guarantee our customer locations stay sustainable for years to come back.”

Stirling Council Chief, Cllr Scott Farmer stated:

“It’s good to see these enhancements coming ahead for a cherished location like Doune Fortress.

“The citadel is a world-famous attraction that individuals have flocked to for years and this new bridge will improve the expertise for all.”

Notes to Editors: 

  • Doune Fortress, situated on the banks of the river Teith within the village of Doune to the north-east of Stirling, was constructed as the house of Regent Albany, ‘Scotland’s uncrowned king’ and his wealthy tastes may be seen clearly within the structure of the medieval courtyard citadel. At this time, you’ll be able to stroll within the footsteps of rulers each actual and fictional as Doune Fortress is a well-liked filming location and has featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Recreation of Thrones, and Outlander.
  • The Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund was established by the Scottish Authorities and the Fund is managed by VisitScotland on their behalf. To this point, £14.5 million of grant funding has been awarded to 66 initiatives throughout rural Scotland for the reason that begin of the Fund in 2018. 
  • The New pedestrian Bridge at Doune is a part of the second part of RTIF funding – a £286,362 partnership between Historic Atmosphere Scotland, Stirling Council. To this point this has included extensions to the trail community between the citadel and village, signage, and interpretation and refurbishment of the village bathrooms.

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