ISCA Scotland Day Six – Stirling
Today we ventured to the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’, Stirling. Stirling was the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 where William Wallace and his rebel army famously beat the English. We visited the National Wallace Monument on the top of Abbey Crag where Wallace and Moray watched the English army cross the bridge and then charge upon them when the English were most vulnerable. We saw Wallace’s 1.67m (5ft 5in) sword and climbed the 246 steps to the top of the monument where we had amazing views of Stirling.
We then went to Stirling Castle, first built in 1110, but rebuilt during the Renaissance period under the Stewart dynasty. It was a fantastic afternoon learning about this royal residence, visiting the Great Kitchens, the Royal Apartments, the gardens and the museums.
This evening we went on a historical walking ghost tour, learning about life in Edinburgh in the 1600’s. Public executions and the Black Plague were only some of the gory stories.
Tomorrow we are off to Loch Lomond where we will be cruising around the loch and taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Fingers crossed we have beautiful weather!