After stopping off at the field of Bannockburn, Stirling was only a short trip away. OId cobbled Stirling is atmospheric in itself but a trip to the castle and a guided tour is not only an enjoyable excursion but also helps to put in perspective why this city and castle were important and the role they played in the fateful Battle of Bannockburn.
Stirling castle makes an interesting castle as parts of it date back to at least the 14th century and the recreation of the old kitchen gives a good impression of what castle and kitchen life was like. The guide on the tour was an excellent source of information and stories. Obviously enthusiastic and willing to take questions, it was impossible not to warm to this character who appeared so immersed in his subject.
This represented my first trip to Scotland and encompassed visits to Stirling and St Fillans. The main purpose was to do some white water rafting in St Fillans but on the way there Stirling and historic Bannockburn needed a look in also. Bannockburn has a visitor centre that tells the story of the battle and the battle field itself tries to indicate the main locations of the battle. In reality the exact battle site isn't known with full certainty.
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