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This afternoon, I collected guests at Edinburgh Aiport and the proceeded to:

Castle Campbell,an extended Tower House, located high on the Ochills  near Dollar about 10 miles from Stirling in central Scotland.This castle dates from the 15th century and was formerly known as Castle Gloom. Acquired by the Campbells in 1481. It his associations with John Knox and Mary Queen of Scots. Fell into disrepair following occupation by Cromwell’s troops in 1653-4. Now manged by Historic Scotland. Elevation affords superb views  over the local countryside.

Castle Campbell, Dollar Glen

Castle Campbell, Dollar Glen, Scotland

Castle Campbell nr Dollar

Castle Campbell nr Dollar, Scotland

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Wallace Monument, Stirling

Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the Wallace Monument, which is located near Stirling in central Scotland.

This was built in the late 19th century to commemorate William Wallace ( died 1305 ) who won a famous victory over a superior English army at nearby Stirling Bridge in 1297 AD during the Wars of Independence.. The Monument is situated on the volcanic outcrop where Wallace’s troops were positioned at the Battle.

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Great Hall, Stirling Castle

Great Hall, Stirling Castle, Scotland

 This morning I collected my guests from their Edinburgh hotel and then drove north, first stopping for a quick tour of historic Stirling Castle. This castle is strategically situated in the centre of Scotland and in medievaltimes was critical to the control of the country. Two key battles were fought near here: Bannockburn in 1314 and Stirling Bridge in 1297. The castle had a combined military and prestige function in that it was also  Royal palace and built to impress. Above is the Great Hall whilst immediately below is the Chapel Royal, built in the space of just 9 months for a Royal christening. Read more on Whisky Tour Scotland…