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A Stirling Experience

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A September 2003 trip to Stirling by Re Carroll

Stirling Castle Photo, Stirling, Scotland More Photos
Quote: At one time Stirling was the capital of Scotland, and it was here that patriots like William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Bonnie Prince Charlie fought for Scottish independence.An easy day trip from Glasgow or Edinburgh, Stirling is a must for anyone interested in Scottish history.

A Stirling Experience

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Stirling Castle Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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If you want to walk in the steps of Scotland's historic figures, you need look no further than Stirling. With its strategic location at the top of a triangle formed with Glasgow and Edinburgh, it was an important defensive site during the country's turbulent history. The Battle of Stirling Bridge was fought here in 1297 and was a resounding success for William Wallace (aka Braveheart). Nearby, Robert the Bruce defeated the English again at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, and Bonnie Prince Charlie gave siege to the castle briefly in 1746.Before Edinburgh, Stirling was the capital of Scotland and Stirling Castle was home to numerous Scottish Kings as well as Mary, Queen of Scots. The saying ...Read More

Birds'n Bees

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Restaurant | "Birds n Bees"

Birds'n Bees Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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Located in a quiet area on the outskirts of town near the Wallace Monument, this large pub/restaurant used to be a barn for livestock. The interior is long and narrow with a number of smaller rooms that used to be stalls where the animals were housed. The decor is rustic, with heavy, dark wooden tables and chairs, wooden plaques of animals and country life, a large wood-burning fireplace, and fake sheep scattered throughout.The menu is what you'd expect from a U.K. pub - steak-and-onion pie, cheese-and-pickle sandwich, ploughman's platter, Scottish beef, fish and chips, pasta, burgers, and Indian food. Jim enjoyed their steak-and-onion pie, which was more like a pot pie with a puff-pastry crus...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 9, 2003

Birds'n Bees
Easter Cornton Road
Stirlingshire, Scotland
(01786) 473-663

National Wallace Monument

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Attraction | "The Wallace Monument"

National Wallace Monument Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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Although Mel Gibson brought Braveheart to life for the masses, Sir William Wallace has always been a hero to the people of Scotland because of his passionate dedication to the fight for Scottish independence. Although his men were poorly equipped and heavily outnumbered, Wallace harassed the English soldiers with guerrilla tactics and became known as the Hammer of the Scots. His most successful battle was at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, where he and his men routed the English forces. King James knighted him for his heroics in battle and he became the first guardian of Scotland. Unfortunately, he was eventually captured and taken to London, where he was hanged, drawn, and quar...Read More

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National Wallace Monument
Summit of Abbey Craig
Stirling, Scotland FK9 5LF
+44 (1786) 472140

Stirling Castle

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Stirling Castle Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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Much of the existing castle complex is from late 1400s to mid-1500s, thanks to work commissioned by James IV and then James V and his wife, Mary of Guise.We took a half-hour guided tour that was included in the admission price and then explored on our own in more detail. The golden-coloured Great Hall is the most recognizable building. It was used for elaborate feasts and entertainments. At one time, food was delivered on lion-pulled chariots, which made some guests wonder if they were going to eat or be eaten.The Underground Tunnels used to contain the lions' den, as well as rooms for craftspeople - tailor, painter, wood carver, etc. Each room has displays of the speci...Read More

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Stirling Castle
Castle Hill
Stirling FK8 1EH
+44 (1786) 475165

Provand's Lordship

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Provand's Lordship Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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Heading back to Glasgow from Stirling, we were still in the mood for history and stopped at the Provands Lordship. This is the oldest house in Glasgow, dating from 1471 - even older than most of present-day Stirling Castle. This house and nearby Glasgow Cathedral are the only remaining medieval buildings still in existence in Glasgow. While the huge cathedral can be overpowering, the house is very visitor-friendly and welcoming.It was built to house officials of the cathedral who were responsible for the welfare of the parish of Provan and were given the name Lord of the lands of Provan. When the Protestant Reformation swept Glasgow in the mid-1500s, the building became disused and wa...Read More

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Provand's Lordship
3 Castle Street
Glasgow, Scotland G4 0RH
+44 141 552 8819