Stirling Castle & the William Wallace Monument

Our first castle visit out of England sits atop Castle Hill and is one of Scotland's largest and most significant castles.

Stirling Castle, Scotland, UK, United Kingdom

Stirling Castle dates from the 12th century and has seen several Scottish kings and queens, including Mary, Queen of Scots, crowned here. It has also seen it's share of sieges, at least 8, and occupations.

Stirling Castle, Scotland, UK, United Kingdom

tunnel, Stirling Castle, Scotland, UK, United Kingdom

room inside Stirling Castle, Scotland, UK, United Kingdom

knight armor, Stirling Castle, Scotland, UK, United Kingdom

tapestry, Stirling Castle, Scotland, UK, United Kingdom

statue, Stirling Castle, Scotland, UK, United Kingdom

canon Stirling Castle, Scotland, UK, United Kingdom
Off in the distance, you can see the cannon is pointed right at the William Wallace Monument.

Stirling Castle, Scotland, UK, United Kingdom

We went through Stirling Castle fairly quickly. We had expected it to be an all day thing so with the extra time, we decided to search for the William Wallace Monument.

William Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland
To get to the Monument from the entrance is a bit of an uphill hike through a beautiful forest.

William Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland
The tower sits atop Abbey Craig, from which Wallace was said to have watched the gathering of the army of King Edward I of England, just before the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

statue William Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland
The tower was completed in 1869 and rises up 220 feet.

statue, William Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland

winding stairs inside William Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland
Visitors can climb the winding, narrow stairs to the very top, and take breaks on the various floors containing artifacts believed to have belonged to William Wallace.

inside William Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland

william wallace sword, William Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland
This sword stands 5'4" & weights nearly 7 pounds.

Robert the Bruce bust, William Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland

Stirling view from top of William Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland
Can you spot Stirling Castle?

William Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland

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