Gargoyle at Stirling Castle, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Falkirk and embarked on a tour as follows:

First to Stirling Castle, a very popular tourist attraction in central Scotland. We visited all aspects of this extensive site which included:

  • Weaving Room
  • Royal Apartments
  • Chapel Royal
  • Great Hall
  • Kitchens

Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle

Great Hall, Stirling Castle, Scotland

Inside Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle, Scotland

Rich decoration inside Royal Apartments at Stirling Castle

Weaving Room at Stirling Castle, Scotland

After lunch at the castle we moved on to the nearby Wallace Monument, a large tower which was built in the latter part of the 19th century to celebrate Scottish hero, William Wallace and his victory over the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. This entailed a climb up some 250 steps to reach the top of the monument from where we obtained excellent views over Stirling and the local landscape.

Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland

View from Wallace Monument

Next, we drove north through Blairgowrie and Glen Shee to Braemar in the Highlands region. After a short walk around the village we drove west for a few miles, overlooking superb scenery of the River Dee Valley.

 

River Dee near Braemar, Scotland

River Dee near Braemar, Scotland

Upon return to Braemar we checked into our lodgings and availed of dinner.

Braemar, Scottish Highlands

Tomorrow, we drive east to visit Dunnottar Castle and other sites.

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