23rd of February

by susie on February 23rd, 2014

Sunday is family day, and as it was very poor weather a trip to Stirling Castle was run up the flag pole… though not every one saluted it…
Outside the castle.. it’s fairy clear who the dissenter was….
Steep bits round the back….
A well oiled gargoyle…
Er..slightly forgot to take many decent pictures of the many ancient and wonderfully interesting features inside. Here are some replicas of the famous Stirling Heads commissioned by James V…
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Inside the Great Hall which was really.. er ..great.
The castle houses the Museum of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders..this is their most famous moment at Sebastopol where they formed the now legendary Thin Red Line…
Military museums always have lots of paintings of royalty. Queen Elizabeth II of England but only the first of Scotland.. a numerical slight that many Scots have long been touchy about…
King Robert the Bruce whose victory at Bannockburn in 1314 led to the re-establishment of Scottish independence. Will its 700th anniversary see a similar result? In the background stands the inspirational Wallace monument..
Argyll Lodgings, a handsome 16/17th century town house close to the castle..
Looking down the street from the Stirling Castle grounds. A very picturesque town..
‘A crook in the Forth is worth an earldom in the north’…An old saying alluding to the relative fertility of lowland and highland Scotland…Looking west from the castle along the Forth valley..
The monument to William Wallace who began and inspired the fightback towards independence over seven hundred years ago..although he himself met a very grizzly end..
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A truly stunning place…..

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