Stirling is situated at the very heart of Scotland,
and much of Scotland’s history has happened in the surrounding area. Whoever held Stirling Castle controlled Stirling Bridge, for many years
the first fixed crossing point over the River Forth, guarding the key route to the North of the country.
Stirling Castle is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and rewarding castles to visit in
Scotland. Perched high on a volcanic ridge and dominating the surrounding countryside, this was the stronghold of the Stewart dynasty, whose
kings and queens ruled Scotland throughout the 16th century.
The castle has been remarkably well preserved, mainly due to the fact that it was in use as an army
barracks right up to 1964. The castle is gradually being returned to its 16th century condition - the Great Hall was beautifully restored in 1999,
and the Renaissance Palace re-opened in 2011 after being completely refurbished to restore it to its original splendour.
The equally impressive Wallace Monument, on top of the Abbey Craig, contains an exhibition which
tells the story of the Scottish patriot William Wallace (aka Braveheart), as well as the Hall of Scottish Heroes, and you can climb to the top for
a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside
In complete contrast to Stirling, the Trossachs is an unspoilt scenic region which offers a glimpse
of Scotland’s Highlands in miniature, with its mountains, lochs and forests. The colours of the landscape are especially memorable, changing
with the seasons from the purple of the heather in bloom in August to the red-brown of the bracken in winter. Time for plenty of photo stops here!
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