Doune Castle stands on a small wooded hillside above the River Teith, about 8 miles from the city of Stirling in Scotland. Doune Castle has its origins deep in the 13th century, although the original structure was badly damaged during the Scottish Wars of Independence. The castle visible to this day was rebuilt in the late 14th century by Robert Stewart, the then Duke of Albany. The castle has survived intact to this day and is a wonderfully preserved step into the past. Visitors can roam through the many chambers and rooms and become lost in antiquity. The image here is of one of the beautiful medieval fireplaces within the castle. I can just imagine sitting in the windowed alcove beside the glowing embers of the fire as the twilight descended over the landscape centuries ago.