Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Stirling, Scotland

It was here in 1297 during the Battle of Stirling Bridge, the Scots led by William Wallace defeated the English. Another victory was achieved already in 1314 under the leadership of Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn (town located a few miles from Stirling). Stirling Castle was a favorite residence of the Stuarts, and in 1543 years took place in the coronation of Mary, who later became Queen of Scots. Situated on a high, 80-meter high rock resembles a fortress in Edinburgh. In the courtyard of the fortress had a chance to watch demonstrations of medieval combat. We admired the castle kitchen, or stateroom famous "Head of Stirling", 56 beautifully carved panels made of Polish oak. But I guess I made the greatest impression on us rising to the Abbey Craig 70-foot monolith Wallace Monument, commemorating the famous and gallant Scot. At its peak of 250 steep steps lead.