Thursday, 16 July 2015

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle
Yup, I visited another castle. Last Sunday, my sister and a friend of hers came to Stirling over the day to visit. Naturally, we played tourists and decided to visit Stirling Castle, where I hadn't been thus far. Stirling Castle is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both in terms of its history and its architecture. The castle dates from the 12th century, but the majority of the buildings that still stand today are from the 15th and the 16th century. The castle is located on Castle Hill, overlooking Stirling, and is clearly visible from far away as you approach the city. It's almost more remarkable from afar, than it is once you visit! The reason for Stirling Castle being so important in Scotland's history is its strategic geographical location; Stirling is situated at the lowest point of the river Forth, which is a natural barrier between the Highlands and the Lowlands. At other places, the river was too deep to cross, so if you wished to travel through Scotland you had no choice but to pass Stirling. Supposedly, if you held Stirling, you held Scotland. It is no wonder that the Castle has been home to many Scottish Kings and Queens; for example Mary Queen of Scots. It also played an important part in the Wars of Scottish Independence, and has been held by the English several times. 

We began our visit by going on a guided tour, which was really interesting. What I've mentioned so far is only a tiny bit of everything the guide told us. So if you're ever visiting Stirling Castle I highly recommend you give the guided tour a go (it's free!).

Did you get up to anything exciting the last couple of weekends?

Love, Mimmi.