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Jul 27, 2018 - Day 6 - Geektopia

Scotland is home to one of the most significant destinations in the history of pop-culture geekdom. Some of you are such geeks that you may already know what it is. I’ll reveal it later. By first, just as I gave you a brief, “Cliff Notes” history of Scotland yesterday, today I give you a brief, “Cliff Notes” history of pop culture geekdom. Today, in 2018, geek is chic. Everyone is proud to be a fanatic of whatever piece of pop culture, movie, tv show, book, comic, or music, that they enjoy. (If you don’t believe me, you weren’t in downtown...

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Jul 26, 2018 - Day 5 - Have Fun Storming the Castle!

The town of Stirling sits northwest of Glasgow, and northeast of Edinburgh. It’s a very small city - really more of a town. But it has played a highly significant role in Scotland’s history, which is why perhaps the grandest castle in Scotland is in Stirling - the aptly named Stirling Castle. Stirling’s significance in Scottish history is largely due its geography. The river Forth runs from the Trossach mountains on the Western side of Scotland, all the way to the Forth of Firth which empties out into the ocean on the eastern side. Control...

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Jun 24, 2018 - Day 31

We walked down to the Princess Gardens this morning as I’d read about the Pipe Band Championships being on. We sat for around an hour listening to the different bands, all ages and from different areas. Quite surreal, sitting at the base of Edinburgh Castle, and the weather was beautiful. We then drove half an hour to the Kelpies, an architectural structure which was fantastic. From there we drove another half an hour to Stirling Castle. We both agreed that this was the best castle we’d been to so far as there were actors throughout the...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Day 21 Isle of Skye to Stirling

The sun was shine when we woke up today. A different outlook from our bedroom window as everything looks very sparkly in the sunshine. Made contact with Lois and organised catchup time in Portree at 8:30 as we wanted to get underway reasonably early. It gave us time to shower, pack the car, get petrol and be there with a bit of time up our sleeves. Arrived at the petrol station...no go. It didn't open until 9:30. For a horrible minute, I didn't think it opened at all on Sunday's. Great relief to know we could get petrol after...

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Oct 1, 2014 - Stirling and Surrounds

Our last full day in Scotland took us to the Battle of Bannockburn exhibition, describing the actual battle on 23 and 24 June 1314 between Robert the Bruce and the English under Edward II in the fight for Scottish independence, resulting in a great victory for Scotland and Robert the Bruce. Some of the visual displays were in 3D - a bit awry to have knights on horses passing by (or through) you with their swords raised. There is also the opportunity to participate in the battle and place troops in strategic positions, we watched a group...

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Jun 28, 2014 - Stirling, Scotland and the Battle of Bannockburn 700 Anniversary

Today we went to the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn fought in 1314, when Scotland beat the English. Scotland’s great warrior king, Robert Bruce, was crowned in 1306, but still had to wrestle Scotland from English rule. Bruce was a skilled leader who knew that there was no way his men could defeat England's much larger army on the open field. He choose the time and place of the battle that allowed him to defeat a much larger and better equipped force. There is a legend that the Knights Templars also helped. This was a huge...

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May 15, 2013 - Stirling Castle and William Wallace

While on the train headed for Stirling (less than a 30-minute journey), you pass the National Wallace Monument and can easily spot its tower standing on Abbey Craig in the near distance. It is said to house Wallace's own sword among other possessions of his. The first documented reference to Stirling Castle occurs around 1107. The castle changed hands eight times between 1296 and 1342, when Edward III was finally driven out of Scotland. Upon arriving in the city, we learned that the bus up the hill where Stirling Castle sits is no longer in...

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Jul 24, 2012 - Castles & Palaces

We expected rain today, but it turned out a reasonably warm, dry, if cloudy, day. We go things together and set off for Stirling and parked at the Castle. We went in and saw much of the property. The Royal Palace is set up in an excellent fashion for children with all sorts of insights into royal life. Clothes to try on,musical instruments to see and hear, wood carving explained, history quizzes and much more. The grandchildren spent a long time in this and could have spent longer. They were intrigued to learn that King James IV kept lions...

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Jun 19, 2012 - The First Couple Days

Newark to Glasgow to Stirling I've been so busy and haven't had a chance to write, so I'm sorry for the length of this entry! After an 8-hour layover in Newark, we arrived in Glasgow airport around 7:30 am on Saturday (Scotland's time). I didn't sleep at all on the way over so Saturday was a very long day. It was lightly raining as a driver from Stirling Direct drove us back to campus. It was lightly raining and cloudy all day Saturday. It finally hit me that I was in Scotland when we were driving back and everyone was driving on the left...

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Aug 9, 2011 - 'allo Alloa, having a Stirling time

Facebook album - if you are not a Facebook user you can still view the album of photos by clicking/copy pasting on this link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150954785600707.759183.746395706&type=1&l=0e08afdd19 ‘allo Alloa. 7th August Buses are regular on Sunday mornings, but we have to take care choosing which service as some may drop us off some distance from the train station. There are many options, but they leave from different stops on different roads. We had thought that we were travelling to a small country town, so it...

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Jun 20, 2011 - Stirling Folk Club

We saw a poster at the Bannockburn centre that the Stirling Folk Club was having a concert tonight. We did not know the artist, but thought what the heck, lets go and check it out. We grabbed some fish and chips take away and found the club (actually it was quite close to our B&B). It turned out to be a small club (about 50 or so seats), but a very friendly one. The artist was an Englishman (but they did not hold that against him) named Allan Taylor. Very talented singer-song writer. We really enjoyed his music and the comfortable...

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Jun 19, 2011 - Wallace Monument

After we left the castle we strolled around the old town of Stirling. It was a gorgeous day, cloudy and warm with the sun occasionally poking through. A lot of cobbled streets, but reasonable cut-outs on most streets. It is not nearly as touristy Edinburgh. Very few tourist shops, mostly shops for locals. We found a nice pub for lunch that made really good food. The sign inside read: we do not do fast food; only good fresh food. After lunch we took a cab over to the William Wallace Monument. It was not that faraway, but too far to wheel...

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