Entrance to Stirling Castle, Scotland

Today, our tour group visited two historic buildings separated by about 500 years in time.

Our first stop was historic Stirling Castle, located about one hour north of Glasgow. Benefiting from bright sunshine we visited all aspects of the castle including:

  • Royal Apartments.
  • Great Hall
  • Chapel Royal
  • Kitchens
  • Tapestry Weaving.

Stirling Castle affords excellent views of the surrounding landscape due to high elevation atop an ancient volcano.

Close to Stirling occurred two famous battles: Stirling Bridge ( 1297) and Bannockburn( 1314). In both cases Scots armies defeated superior English forces.

Here is a video clip of tapestry weaving in process.

Exterior of Royal Apartments at Stirling Castle, Scotland

View of Ochils from Stirling Castle, Scotland

Inside Chapel Royal, Stilring Castle, Scotland

Inside Royal Apartments at Stirling Castle, Scotland

Inside Royal Apartments at Stirling Castle, Scotland

Next, we headed S.W. to Helensburgh¬†which is close to the North shore of the Firth of Clyde ¬†( estuary). Here we visited The Hill House which was designed by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh during period 1902-4 for the wealthy Blackie publishing family. This property is now cared for by The National Trust for Scotland. It occupies a high elevation with a southerly aspect this affording excellent views of the Firth of Clyde below. Hill House is acknowledged by most as Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece.

Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland

Hill House, front elevation, Helensburgh, Scotland

Hill House elevation with views of Firth of Clyde

Tour Group at Hill House, Helensburgh

After concluding our tour of Hill House we returned to Glasgow via Cardross, Dumbarton and the Erskine Bridge, a route which provided good views of the local scenery and River Clyde resplendent in the afternoon sunshine.

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