A travel journal
to Stirling by Carabelle
Quote: A summary of the place I live. It's beautiful, and overlooked despite its historical richness and proximity to both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
There's also Stirling Castle, the oldest castle in Scotland with lovely views over the surrounding countryside and beyond. Then there's the Wallace Monument, built with money from the French, of all people, to commemorate William Wallace and his contributions to the War of Independence.
If history isn't your thing, then there are plenty of other things to do. We have a wee cinema and plenty of shops. However, there's no point in coming here if you don't like countryside. Stirling is a city, but just two minutes’ drive in any direction brings you out into the open countryside and farmland.
A must is Blairdrummond Safari Park. About ten minutes out of Stirling, it has lions, tigers, elephants, the whole shebang. One thing to definitely do here is the zip wire across the lake, very exciting indeed.
Buses here are great but confusing. The drivers are very helpful though, as are the people in the bus station. A lot of the historical sites are a bit of a trek if you're walking, so bus is a good plan. The drivers are used to tourists, so won’t sigh and give you a funny look if you ask them for help.
Attraction | "Mr. Stirling"
I must explain myself. Mr Stirling was the founder of the SAS. As a result, a statue has been constructed at his birthplace in his honour. It's not technically in Stirling, and you really need a car to get to him, as he's not on a major bus route, but he is well worth the effort.
The statue itself is really not that exciting. He is made of a metal of some sort and looks out over the fields clutching a pair of binoculars. What I absolutely love is the aforementioned fields.
The man has a lovely, calming, peaceful view. He looks out over one of the best views in Stirling, if not the best. I think what really makes it brilliant is that not many folk know about him and he is located off of a fairly quiet road so he is peaceful.
It's a great place to sit and ponder your navel, or whatever takes your fancy. An equally good place to picnic, I imagine.
To get to Mr Stirling, you should travel to Doune, then take the road signposted for Bridge of Allan. It's very windy and narrow. He is on the lefthand side about 1 mile along the road. I believe he now has a brown tourist sign marking his whereabouts.
Please, please visit David. It is well worth it.
Sir David Stirling Memorial Statue
Beside the B824 road between the M9/A9
Stirling, United Kingdom