"The castle" Stirling Castle Tip by margaretvn
Stirling Castle, Stirling: 49 reviews and 105 photos
This castle is built on rocky crag and is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Scotland. According to legend King Arthur won the original castle from the Saxons but there is no evidence of a castle before 1124. Today?s castle dates from the 15th and 16th centuries. And it was last defended in 1746 (against the Jacobites).
Seven battlefields can be seen from the castle and Stirling held a key position in Scotland?s struggles for independence. The Great Hall, the James IV Gatehouse, the Chapel Royal (remodelled by James VI) and the artillery fortifications of the 16th to 18th centuries are all of outstanding interest.
The stained glass windows are so beautiful.
On the esplanade of the castle is a modern statue of Robert the Bruce. It shows him sheathing his sword after the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
If you drive out of Stirling a little way along the A811 towards loch Lomond you get fantastic views of the castle and the Wallace monument - you then realise just how the castle dominates the surrounding area.
The 67 metre high Wallace monument can also be seen from the castle. This monument at Abbey Craig recalls William Wallace?s defeat of the English at Stirling Bridge in 1297, fore shadowing the victory by Bruce in 1314.
Address: Castle Esplanade, Stirling FK8 1EJ
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