The city of Stirling and its surrounding area looms large in Scottish history and hearts for, with its pivotal position between the Lowlands and Highlands, it has seen great deeds against the English. William Wallace pursued his freedom struggle here and is commemorated by a gigantic monument overlooking Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce achieved Scotland's greatest military triumph.
26 Aug 2006 - Stirling, ScotlandAfter stopping off at the field of Bannockburn, Stirling was only a short trip away. OId cobbled Stirling is beautiful 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.
Stirling - The entrance to Stirling castle
Hold Stirling and you hold Scotland. For this reason, a castle has always existed in this location since prehistoric times. The castle gives commanding views of the surrounding area and guards one of main ways into Scotland for an invading army.
Stirling - View from Stirling castle to the Wallace monument
This photo give a good example of the views afforded from Stirling castle. In the distance can be seen the William Wallace monument.
Stirling - The oldest gate in Stirling castle
The castle has been rebuild and added to over the centuries but this arch is supposed to be one of the oldest parts of the castle going back to the 13th century.
Stirling - The Great Kitchens of Stirling castle
A depiction of food preparation in the 16th century.
Stirling - Stirling castle
The Castle sits atop the Castle Hill, a volcanic crag, and is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, making it easily defensible.
Stirling - Old Stirling
The cobblestone streets of the old town are packed with fine examples of 15th to 17th century architecture. Around this area is the Old Town Jail with actors in period costume.