Stirling Castle Entrance

Stirling Castle Entrance

Today, was the final day of our private, history themed tour of England and Scotland. Once again, we benefited from warm, sunny and dry weather.

After departing Glasgow, we drove north to Rough Castle at Bonnybridge. The term ‘castle’ is a misnomer because the site is actually a Roman fort from the 2nd century AD located on the Antonine Wall. The latter was constructed between AD 139 and 142 and runs for 37 miles ( 59 km) between the Rivers Forth and Clyde. For some 30 years the Antonine Wall replaced Hadrian’s Wall as the northern frontier of the Roman Empire.

Rough Castle, Bonnybridge

Rough Castle, Bonnybridge

Rough Castle is one of 17 known forts on the Antonine Wall. There may have been 26 in total. This site is situated on a well preserved section of the Antonine Wall.

Antonine Wall at Rough Castle

Antonine Wall at Rough Castle

Next, we travelled up to Stirling to visit the famous castle which has a long history but with most of the current structure and buildings dating from the 16th century when it housed the courts of James IV and V of Scotland. Close by are the famous battle sites of Stirling Bridge ( 1297) and Bannockburn ( 1314). At the Castle we visited the Chapel Royal, Great Hall, Royal Palace, Great Kitchens, North Gate and theĀ modern studio where professional weaving of tapestries is undertaken.

 

 

 

Image of Great Kitchens at Stirling Castle

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Chapel Royal at Stirling Castle

Chapel Royal at Stirling Castle

Royal Apartments at Stirling Castle

Royal Apartments at Stirling Castle

 

Queen's Palace at Stirling Castle

Queen’s Palace at Stirling Castle

Next, we visited nearby Doune Castle, a former Royal Hunting Lodge which progressively evolved into a substantial castle in its own right dating from the 14th century. The current building is a result of extensive restoration undertaken by the 14th Earl of Moray in the late 19th century.

 

Doune Castle

Doune Castle

Doune Castle is famous as a setting for the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The castle is now being used in filming the Outlander series.

 

Great Hall at Doune Castle

Great Hall at Doune Castle

After concluding our tour of Doune Castle we went into the village of Doune for refreshment at a cafe and then returned to Glasgow.

 

Doune, Scotland

Doune, Scotland

 

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