Sunday, 29 March 2015

Stirling and Doune Castles

Historic Scotland membership is great value for money, but to make it even better why not visit 2 sites in one day?

First stop was Stirling Castle, a place I have been several times in the past.

Robert the Bruce statue outside Stirling Castle
Forework and circular towers
Colours of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in the regimental museum
One of the Stirling Heads which adorned the ceiling of the King's Inner Hall in the palace.
Stirling Castle commands a vantage point over the surrounding land
Eight miles to the north-west of Stirling lies Doune Castle, home of Robert of Albany, Regent of Scotland from 1388 till 1420.

The castle has taken on a new role in more recent times, recognisable to many as one of the location used in the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, along with other films and television dramas.

Doune Castle
Great Hall with central fire basket
The Lord's Hall, with timber panelling and minstrel's gallery above
Saltire flying from the top of the castle
View of the kitchen from inside the large fireplace
Courtyard and well

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