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Doune is a pretty, small town northwest of Stirling on the A84. It is perhaps most famous, in certain circles at least, as the home of Doune Castle, a small square keep which featured extensively in Monty Python's Holy Grail, but has come to fame again more recently in filming for Outlander and Game of Thrones. The town is also famous as a former centre of Pistol manufacture.
Whilst the busiest route through the town is the A84, it is the A820 that passes through the town centre, terminating on the A84 soon after. Both have originated to the east, the A84 at Stirling, and the A820 a couple of miles to the north at Dunblane. A third route, the B824 forks off the A820 just outside Doune and runs between the two A roads to the Keir Roundabout at Bridge of Allan.
On the other side of town, the A84 continues west to Callander, and then joining the A85 at Lochearnhead gives access to Crianlarich and the West Highlands. To the south of the bridge, the B8032 also runs west to Callander, following the southern bank of the River Teith, and a short distance further south, the B826 heads west to Thornhill.
The old military road from Stirling to Crianlarich passed through Doune, but not on the alignment of the A84. After starting at Causewayhead, it headed west along the A9, B824 and so the A820 to Doune, before heading out of the town on the A84. This clearly avoided crossing the Teith, with Stirling Bridge providing the crossing of the Forth. Little remains to see of the old road, with several reconstructions of parts of the route over the years, and other sections ploughed out and lost in the fields. Indeed, the precise route between the B824 and A84 is uncertain.
After crossing Doune Bridge across the River Teith, the A84 turns into the village, and past the Muir Hall, outside which a short disconnected and one-way section of the B8032 heads into the town centre along George Street. It connects with the A820 at the Market Cross, with the A820 having come west from Dunblane to terminate a few yards further on at the next junction along the A84. With both the A820 (directly or via the B824) and A84 meeting the M9/A9, and few overtaking opportunities on either, eastbound traffic will often turn onto the A820 at Doune, despite the 20 limit through the town, to avoid slow moving traffic on the A84.
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