Tour Group

Today, we benefited from a shift in the weather with sunshine and blue skies for most of the day.

We started with prompt arrival Stirling Castle at 0930 and commenced a tour of this extensive site which includes Royal Apartments, Chapel Royal, Great Hall, Kitchens and Weaving Studio.

Great Hall

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Stirling Castle

Group at Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle

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Next, we moved across town to the Wallace Monument erected in the late 19th century in recognition of Scottish medieval hero William Wallace, aka ‘Braveheart’. This massive tower is constructed atop an ancient volcanic outcrop where Wallace’s forces were stationed at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. Some of the group ventured up the tower to benefit from the extensive views of the local landscape.

Tour Group atop Wallace Monument

Tour Group

Wallace Monument, Scotland

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View from Wallace Monument

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Next, we drove to Falkirk to view the Falkirk Wheel which is a unique piece of engineeringĀ comprising a boat lift which transportsĀ boats between two canal systems which together link Glasgow with Edinburgh. We had lunch at the visitor centre.

Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

Falkirk Wheel

Next, we moved on to Rosslyn Chapel, south of Edinburgh. This was constructed in the 15th century and has become famous because of mention in the da Vinci Code (book and film). We arrived in time attend the 4.00pm talk by local guide to assist understanding of this complex site which features extensive and high quality stone carvings.

 

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Finally, we moved on to our lodgings in Edinburgh. Tomorrow, we tour Edinburgh and attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

 

 

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