Stirling, Scotland

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On our trip to Glasgow we knew the best thing to do was stay right in the city so we could walk to everything but we also wanted to do some adventuring. We picked three days to do that, rented a car and headed out. One of those places was a day trip to Stirling to visit the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle, which I last visited when I was 12 or 13 years old! 


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You can see the Wallace Monument from everywhere in town. It stands higher than the forest around it, which itself is elevated. Both the monument and Stirling Castle were built on the highest ground in the area so they could be seen from afar and in the case of the castle, they would be able to see anyone approaching. 

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The Wallace Monument is 246 stone steps made as a spiral staircase. It is very narrow and the only way up and down which makes passing others on the staircase very interesting. There are a few stopping points which give information about Wallace and also have seats for those, like me, were a little out of breath. 

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The Wallace Sword is rather large at 1.67 metres in length. Wallace would have used this to swing at an approaching horse and it's rider, taking them both down. Gives you an idea of what the battles would have looked like during Wallace's time (born 1270 died 1305)

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The stairway takes you right to the top of the monument for some amazing (and windy!) views! 

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William Wallace Monument

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After walking down the 246 steps at the Wallace Monument, it was time to head across town to Stirling Castle. 

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When I was young my aunt brought me and my siblings here. It has been such a long time since my last visit so luckily it didn't feel repetitive.

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The castle has many (many, many!) fireplaces and each have a different crest over them, which I totally fell in love with! Adding this to my ever growing list of things I would like in my future country house. 

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I had to snap this photo because I have a similar one from when my aunt in Scotland took me to Edinburgh Castle at 13 years old. We knew that we wouldn't have a chance to visit Edinburgh Castle so... close enough. 

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This is The North Gate which is the oldest part of Stirling Castle. This passageway is from a gatehouse built in 1381 for King Robert II, grandson of Robert the Bruce and the first of the Stewart monarchs. If you love history, especially monarch history, I highly recommend you visit Scotland. There is literally history around every corner! 


Off in the distance is the Wallace Monument. This view gives you a better idea of how tall the monument is! 

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On our way back to Glasgow we made two pit stops. The first was in Grangemouth to see The Kelpies, or better know as the giant horse-head sculptures on the side of the highway.  


It really is a great tourist attraction with ample parking (some free, some pay), beautiful walking trails along the water's edge (where we saw close to 20 swans!) an outdoor food area and in indoor restaurant with ticket information and restrooms. You can take a guided tour for a few pounds into the sculptures which would have been great but it was chilly and I was in need of a hot tea and heated seats. We snapped a few photos and then set out for the next location we wanted to visit. 

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While we didn't get a chance to visit downtown Edinburgh on this trip, we did manage to stop at the Liberton Church which is just on the outskirts of the city. 

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It was a quick hop off and hop back on the highway sort of visit. We only found out about this beautiful old church with the scarlet ivy the day before thanks to Instagram. Local people have been taking a ton of photos of this church and it kept popping up in our feed so we decided to check it out! 

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It really was a beautiful spot and we spent some time looking at the years on the gravestones. This would be considered a "newer" church as it was built in 1815. Where I come from, Canada, that is ancient. Not here in Scotland! 

We finished our day back in Glasgow and ate dinner at Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant. We were so excited to dine at Jamie's restaurant, like so many others we've been watching his shows and recreating his recipes in our own kitchens. My famous Yorkshire puddings (ok, famous to my kids) are actually his recipe! I've always loved his Christmas specials so it was really fun to say that we finally ate in one of his restaurants. 

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