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Investigating Tourist Hot Spots in Stirlingshire

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A February 2006 trip to Stirling by Drever

Macdonald Inchyra Hotel Photo, Stirling, Scotland More Photos
Quote: This journal covers a weekend spent in Stirlingshire exploring its historic royal castles, fortress, prison, a Noble's house, and also its modern wonder.

Macdonald Inchyra Hotel

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Hotel | "The Macdonald Inchyra Hotel"

Macdonald Inchyra Hotel Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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Situated in an estate bordering the village of Polmont, this hotel provides a convenient base for visiting the award-winning Falkirk Wheel, Linlithgow Palace, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, or touring the Trossachs and Loch Lomond. On the negative side, being within sight of Grangemouth Oil Refinery doesn’t inspire.Inchyra Grange mansion house, with its elegant frontage and own chapel, became the Inchyra Grange Hotel in the mid-20th century. Macdonald Hotels took it over 12 years ago. They developed a new accommodation wing, two restaurants, a bar, and a leisure centre. The hotel is now ideal for families, couples, groups, tour parties, business conferences, dinners, and weddings. T...Read More

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Macdonald Inchyra Hotel
Grange Road, Polmont, Falkirk,
Stirling, Scotland
+44 (870) 194 2115

Linlithgow Palace

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Linlithgow Palace Photo, Linlithgow, Scotland
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Fifteen miles from Falkirk and Edinburgh rears Linlithgow Palace, one of Scotland's most visited ruins. A splendid 15th-century fortress, it rises impressively on the edge of Linlithgow Loch. From here, and their three other palaces, the Stuart kings and queens ruled Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots entered the world here in 1542, but ended it in London by getting her head chopped off.The palace apartments form a square around a central courtyard, giving the air of some renaissance French chateaux. The lofty walls, vast chambers, and vaults enable the visitor to conjure up images of life within. The roofless walls create unexpected views, the elegant bare rooms echo with footsteps, and birds flut...Read More

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Linlithgow Palace
Town Of Linlithgow Off The M9
West Lothian
01506 842896

Stirling Castle

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Stirling Castle Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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Stirling Castle is a national monument managed by the Historic Scotland agency. A fortress, garrison, king’s home, and a parliament during its lifespan, it played an important part in Scotland’s history.Standing atop a volcanic crag, a strong defensive position surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, it looms impressively against the skyline. As ‘He who holds Stirling, holds Scotland’, it often came under attack. Edward I of England bombarded the castle, using twelve siege engines, for four months in 1304 with lead and stone balls, Greek fire, and even a gunpowder mixture before the garrison of 30 surrendered.Robert the Bruce levelled the site, preferring that it never again be ...Read More

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

Argyll's Lodging

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Argyll's Lodging Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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Argyll's Lodging, in the historic old town of Stirling, is the finest surviving 17th century townhouse in Scotland. The founder of Nova Scotia, Sir William Alexander (Earl of Stirling), bought and extended the house in the 1630s. He added wings to create a building on three sides of a courtyard with a screen wall facing on to Castle Wynd. Using the latest architectural ideas— including thinner walls and larger windows—he make the building lighter and more pleasant to live in. Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, inherited the property in the mid-1660s. Argyll's Lodging stands on the approach road to Stirling Castle, making it a convenient address for nobles meeting the king, as he often s...Read More

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Argyll's Lodging
Castle Wynd
Stirlingshire, Scotland
01786 431319

Old Town Jail

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Old Town Jail Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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Stirling’s forbidding Old Town Jail stands at the heart of the city's historic quarter, in its day a deterrent to wrongdoers. The prison is now one of Stirling’s attractions. Opened in 1847, it replaced the stinking, overcrowded Tollbooth Jail. With transportation to the Colonies no longer practised, prisons were there to encourage criminals not to offend again.Victorian reformers practised what they preached. "Coarse food; a dress of shame; hard, continual, irksome labour; a planned and regulated and unrelenting exclusion of happiness and comfort" was their prescription for the unfortunate souls detained within these walls. Prisoners suffered endless hours on treadmills and pointlessly turn...Read More

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Old Town Jail
St. John Street
Stirling, Scotland FK8 1EA
01786 450050

National Wallace Monument

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Attraction | "Wallace's monument"

National Wallace Monument Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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Completed in 1869 after 8-years construction, the 220-feet high Wallace Monument sits prominently on the Abbey Craig 2-miles north of the city of Stirling. From this prominent hilltop in 1297 William Wallace surveyed the English army’s approach across Stirling Bridge before leading the Scots into battle and victory. It forms a fitting, and striking, location for the national monument to a national hero. Financial support came from expatriate Scots and many European leaders, including the Italian patriot, Garibaldi.In 1296, Edward I of England triggered the Scottish Wars of Independence by invading Scotland. William Wallace began a successful guerrilla campaign, becoming known as the ...Read More

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

Falkirk Wheel

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Attraction | "The Falkirk Wheel "

Falkirk Wheel Photo, Falkirk, Scotland
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The Falkirk Wheel is the spectacular centrepiece of the £84.5 million ‘Millennium Link', the U.K.’s largest canal restoration project developed by British Waterways. It reconnects the Union Canal (1822) with the Forth & Clyde Canal (1790), re-establishing coast-to-coast navigation for boats. Sited in a natural open amphitheatre at Rough Castle near Falkirk, this remarkable and elegant mechanical marvel is the only rotating boat lift in the world, and the first boatlift built in the U.K. since 1875. Not only practical, but elegant, the Wheel is an inspirational sculpture for the 21st century.The two canals were originally built for industrial purposes. They were meant to transport goods low i...Read More

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Falkirk Wheel
Lime Road - Tamfourhill
Falkirk, Scotland FK1 4RS
44 8700 500 208