Stirling is the gateway to the Highlands – you look in one direction to the Lowlands, in the other you see the rugged hills marching away. The castle sits on top of a hill, dominating the surrounding plain. I would have liked to include some overall shots of the castle here, but I didn’t manage to get any that came out well.

Since a certain movie came out, there’s been a massive revival of interest in William Wallace – at least here’s one statue that doesn’t have Mel Gibson’s face

William Wallace Statue

The views from the Castle are pretty dramatic – this is looking across to the Wallace Monument. I love the rugged ranges in the background

William Wallace MemorialWallace Monument

The Great Hall in the Castle, where the King would have received guests, and formal functions held – note the detail on the ceiling – fairly serious amounts of timber required

Great Hall at Stirling Castle

Great Hall Ceiling detail

Look at the inside of the chapel – typical mean Presbyterians – they build a great big hall, and then it’s plain and bare inside.

Stirling Castle Chapel

A few more shots looking out at the surrounding area from the castle

Looking out across the plain Looking out across the town

Looking out across the plain Lookin out across the plain