Central Scotland Plain from Wallace Monument

This morning we commenced our extended tour of Scotland.

We departed lodgings at Glasgow Airport and drove north with first stop at Stirling Castle which has played an important role in Scotland’s history, both as a military fortress and Royal Palace. We visited all the main aspects including Royal Apartments, Great Hall and kitchens.

Royal Apartments

Great Hall at Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Next, we moved on to nearby Wallace Monument. This was erected in 1869 to commemorate William Wallace (aka ‘Braveheart’) who famously defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge nearby, ┬áin 1197. The Monument is built atop Abbey Craig and dominates the local landscape.

Wallace Monument.

Next to Doune Castle, about 25 minutes from Stirling. This was a former royal hunting lodge with a history dating back to the 14th century. Extensively restored in the 19th century.The castle has become famous of late due the site featuring in films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Outlander.

Courtyard at Doune Castle

Doune Castle

Finally, we moved on to our lodgings in Stirling.

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