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The DunBroch Castle is a DunBroch location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It appears in the ninth episode of the fifth season.

The DunBroch Castle is based on the location of the same name from the Disney/Pixar film, Brave.


Before Third Curse

On the day of her coronation, Lord Macintosh presents Merida with a crown, swearing fealty to her on behalf of his own clan as well as clans Dingwall and MacGuffin. Before her mother, Queen Elinor, can place the crown on her head, an old witch bursts in, asking Merida to return a magic helm that King Fergus got from her in a past deal to ensure the fate of his kingdom. She warns that if the helm is not returned by sundown tomorrow, she'll turn everyone into bears. ("The Bear King")

Fearing the quest is a lost cause, Merida prepares to turn over the mission to Lord Macintosh, promising him her crown seat if he can get the helm by tomorrow. However, with help from Mulan and Ruby, Merida eventually manages to locate the helm. Merida is crowned the next day and the witch returns to see if Merida succeeded. However, instead of returning the helm, Merida decides to destroy it, believing no magic should force people to fight for a cause they don't believe in. To Merida's surprise, the old witch congratulates her on passing the test, as she gained confidence to lead DunBroch as a true leader without resorting to magic. The witch then rewards her with magical ale, which Merida can use to contact her father's spirit. ("The Bear King")


Props Notes

Filming Locations

  • The scenes in the castle throne room in "The Bear King" were filmed on a blue-screen set. While some elements, like the taxidermied bears, where real, most of the room was added digitally in post-production.[3]



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