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Time for castle visits

I've got three castles on my agenda for a drive between Selkirk and Inverness. Stirling, Doune, and Urquhart. It seems rather ambitious, but I don't really know. I don't want to have to run through them, but need to make the most of my time. What is a reasonable time to expect to spend at each of these castles? And overall is this too ambitious of a day? I'm willing to head out of Selkirk pretty early, if that will make it happen. Thanks for any advice.
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  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Stirling and Duone can be done in a day easy. Adding Urquhart seems like the tricky bit. I quite like the Urquhart + Jacobite boat tour in the same day as a 3-4 hour thing and because it is a ruin, you ideally want a non rainy day. And you'd be remiss if you didn't visit the Wallace Monument after seeing Stirling castle (which in itself will take a couple of hours to explore).

    Another piece of research you can do is checking the castle opening times for all 3. If the first castle opens at 10 AM then there's nothing to be gained even after getting to it early.
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  • ArtravelistArtravelist Member ✭✭
    Hi @Compton49er

    You could easily spend 2 hours at Stirling Castle and I would say you can spend an hour at Doune - longer if the weather is good enough to clomp around the outside with coconut shells   ;)
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