Stirling- one of Scotlands former capitals, is one of its most historic cities as well, with a lot of tales of battles and struggles for Scottish independence centred around the region. Its was also home to the famous William `braveheart' Wallace and `Robert the Bruce'. The Stirling castle is one of the most evocative castles i`ve seen to date...
Several coaches/busses run between Stirling and Glasgow. There is the option of taking the train as well, which would genrally be quicker.
If you choose to drive down yourself, the M80 is probably the quikest option between the two cities
Get out and visit Castle Campbell in Dollar. This castle is traditionally known as the "Castle of Doom" and it is beautifully sited at the head of the Dollar Glen.
The oldest part of the castle is a well-preserved 15th century tower around which other buildings were built, these include an unusual loggia. The views from the ruined castle are wonderful, but do be very careful the steps up are twisty and very steep.
There is a small garden around the castle and the flowers are lovely. Do take a walk in the valley behind the castle as well as you get lovely views of the castle from higher up.
There is a walk downhill to the castle from the top small car park area. There are also lower and middle car parking areas with longer walks to the castle. The castle is closed on Thursday afternoons and on Fridays and Sunday mornings in winter.
Found at the head of Dollar Glen. It is 10 miles west of Stirling on the A91
This is another nice place to see and explore very close to Glasgow,in Stirling you can see its beautiful and full of history Stirling Castle.Take a look to my Scotland page to see more information about the castle.
Visit the Wallace monument in Stirling.
The National Wallace monument is a 220 feet, which dominates the surroundings. There are 246 steps to the top of the tower, which of course gives wonderful views of the countryside.
It was in 1296 that Edward I of England thought he had Scotland under his control, the Scottish King John had been humiliated and was in exile in France. He had reckoned without Sir William Wallace when he thought he would be able to dominate the Scots in the same way he dominated the Welsh. The English killed Wallace’s wife and brother, but Wallace marshalled a well-disciplined fighting force. On September the 11th 1297 Wallace outwitted a much larger English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Wallace was later defeated at Falkirk (in 1298) and then betrayed and executed in London. His spirit though could not be extinguished and in 1314 King Robert the Bruce led the Scots to freedom at the Battle of Bannockburn. In the National monument you can learn all about the events leading up to the Battle of Stirling Bridge and then witness his trail in London – with a talking head of William Wallace recounting his patriotism and fight.
In the 1850’s there was a tide of Nationalism sweeping over the world and, in Scotland, one of its expressions was to build a monument to the country’s national hero. Money was raised throughout Europe and donations poured in from expatriates on every continent. The monument was completed in 1869. Later a new addition was added – the hall of Heroes with other great Scots such as King Robert the Bruce, Sir Walter Scot, Robert Burns and David Livingstone sculptured in marble.
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Another photo of Stirling Castle.. it's beautifully displayed and the views below are wonderful. It's Braveheart country!