Stirling Castle - Queen Anne Garden, Ramparts and Museum
Stirling Castle - 30 minutes from Appletree Cottage
On a glorious sunny day earlier this month we drove 30 minutes to Stirling to visit Stirling Castle. Tickets were slightly cheaper to book online. There is a small charge for the carpark when you arrive.
Entrance gate to Stirling Castle
Crossing the bridge over the former moat we entered this medieval castle which was formerly the capital of Scotland. This was the birth place and residence of many Scottish kings before the Union of the Crowns in 1707 when Scottish King James VI went down to become James I of England. The two countries from then on shared the monarchy.
Leaving the museum and exhibition we return to the main arch and go through into the first courtyard. Directly ahead of us is the ancient Great Hall, rendered in distinctive Royal Gold Harling as it would have been in the 1500s
After the viewing the exhibition we explored the ramparts just off the Queen Anne Garden.
The views to the east and to the south were fantastic. Even though it was not the clearest of days we could make out the towers of the new Forth Bridge near Edinburgh.
After the East Ramparts and the Queen Anne Garden we made our way back through the arch and through the main entrance gate towards the lower square courtyard. Ahead we can see the vividly painted Great Hall, recently hauled and painted to replicate its original colour "Kings Gold|". For more castle see part two of this blog...