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Historically, Doune was a scattering of dwellings but in more recent times it has become a picturesque village. 

Evidence of ancient life around Doune still exists today.  The remains of a child were found in a stone cist dated 1800 BC which is cited as proof of occupation since the Bronze age.  High in the Doune braes there is archaeological evidence of hut circles, cairns, and standing stones. Similar stones can also be found on the hill of Row and at Doune Ponds nature reserve. 

The foundations of a Roman Fort dated to 80 AD were discovered in 1983 when work on the grounds of the primary school in Castlehill was undertaken. 

Kilmadock, the parish name in which Doune sits had seven churches and sites of religious remains can be found as far back as 600AD, starting with the first Culdees monastery.

The Old Kilmadock cemetery has interesting graves of famous residents dating back to 1560, including famous gun smiths who made Doune Pistols.

Whilst the village is best known for its medieval Doune Castle and the much sought after Doune pistols mentioned above, it was also a major livestock and trading market in the 17th and 18th centuries. 

Due to its central Scottish location it played host to famous trade fairs where cattle droves passed through the village on their way from Fort William to Edinburgh and from Perth to Glasgow.  A Mercat Cross stands in the centre of Doune signifying the status of Royal Borough which was bestowed on the village in 1611.

Doune also has a well-established sporting tradition which stretches back for centuries.  The Doune Curling Club was founded in 1732 and is the 2nd oldest curling club in the world.  Doune Castle Bowling Club is the 3rd oldest bowling club in Scotland after being founded in 1860, and Doune castle football club was started up in 1885.  A Wester Hill golf course existed from 1903 on the grounds of the contemporary Doune Ponds Nature Reserve.

A modern railway was also introduced to Doune in 1857 with the Dunblane to Callander line which was part of the Calendonian railway network.  Whilst the railway was closed in 1965 the path marking the old route still remains today.

If you are interested to find out more about the history and natural heritage of Doune you can contact the Kilmadock Society.

 

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