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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling June 23rd 2021

Gabby the motorhome was still parked up on the park and ride as we the driver and navigator were just about ready to walk into the castle grounds at Stirling . It was uphill all the way as you would expect with a castle and the sun was beating down on us. We were greeted at the gate . Masks on . Hands sterilized . The routine began as it always did. We told the guy in the wooden hut that we had tickets and were told to walk up and pick them up at the next gate . Masks off as we walked up . Masks on as we were approached . "Can you come with me " We were nudged towards a desk where our hands were sanitized again and our tickets were printed ... read more
The roundels reconstructed
The mixed architecture of Stirling castle
The ornate reconstructed ceilings

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling June 22nd 2021

Gabby the Motorhome was just arriving at the Park and Ride in Stirling. We had left the overnight stop at The Wheel and had to make the decision where to go next . It was not far to Stirling and it seemed to offer just what we were looking for . We had researched the Park and Ride and it seemed to be perfect . We could park Gabby up and get into the city easily . There was plenty of room and we had been able to source tickets on the internet for the castle . Another free entry as it was Historic Scotland which we could visit courtesy of our Cadw card. The sun was shining and there seemed a great deal to see and do. The car park did not have barriers and ... read more
a buttermilk coloured building in the middle of blackened stone
The first Robert the Bruce statue we have seen on the trip
an angel in the graveyard

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling September 13th 2019

A gentle drive through the English winding roads to the Stirling Castle. On the journey we visited the Kelpies. The Kelpies name reflected the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland's inland waterways. The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area. The park is named Helix which is a very beautiful community park. We moved on to the Falkirk Wheel which is a rotating boat lift in central Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The lift reconnects the two canals for the first time since the 1930s completed in 2002. We travelled ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling August 5th 2018

Our drive to url=https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/landscapes-nature/national-parks-gardens/loch-lomond-trossachs/Loch Lomond took us through lightly wooded rolling countryside. Sheep munched in many fields, and cows chewed in the rest. Farm houses and villages nestled in the valleys, showing this to be productive land. The road wound around hills and dipped down to cross some creeks. For much of the drive we were in the Trossachs National Park. Aberfoyle was the pretty town where we had our coffee break. Susan and I stretched our legs by exploring the small bridge over the narrow river, briefly forgetting that vehicles do come and go on these narrow roads. Pedestrians should not linger on the roadway just to enj... read more
Pie salesman
Sheep making wool
Scottish landscape

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling August 4th 2018

What a joy to sleep until 8:30 and have a leisurely shower! Breakfast was a full range of choices, including good blood pudding. For the first time, half grapefruits were served. Although on a buffet, the fried eggs were not hard as stones, but the (back) bacon was too crisp for my taste. I succumbed to the flaky attractions of a little jam pastry. Hot water and lemon has become my drink of choice. At reception I asked for directions to a post office to change our ten pound notes. Since Susan and I each last travelled here, the tens have been changed from paper to polymer, and the paper ones are no longer accepted by stores. The post office was only a few blocks away, inside WH Smith (no longer much of a book store). ... read more
Stirling Castle
Portcullis Pub 1787
Westwinds poster at the liquor store

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling August 3rd 2018

Horribly, we had to wake at 4:15 am to make this day work. Suitcases had to be at the bus by 5:00. Packed breakfasts were available in the lobby; mine was Chicken Coronation sandwich (mild curry with raisins - quite good). By 5:30 we were on the bus, which left at 5:40. At the nearby ferry terminal we were expeditiously directed into a line. Where we waited until shortly before the sailing at 7:30. I had taken a sea-sick pill before leaving and was wearing my sea-bands, plus I stood outside the whole trip. In fact, the Irish Sea was calm, for a sea. Most thrilling was seeing Ireland and Scotland at the same time! Both stretched long fingers of land into the water. The view was misty, probably always is. The land that we sailed ... read more
Culzean Castle and garden 1792
Loudoun Hall 1530
Ayr Town Hall

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling September 19th 2017

Spoiler alert. I'm not dead or dying. Some how my 'life saving' medication ran out this morning and whereas I though I had another box I didn't. The box was simply aspirin and not the real thing. So here I am in a strange city (well Stirling isn't that strange really) without my medication. Pleading my innocent tourist story failed miserably at 2 pharmacies and I thought I would need to make an appointment with a GP (is my life worth that much?) or go spend the next eternity at the local A and E hospital. Neither option appealed. I ended up at a clinic in the city and the receptio and doctor treated me as an emergency case, prescribed medication as required and did not charge anything. Moreover even the script is free in Scotland ... read more
Stirling Castle, through the garden to the 'ladies tower'.
From Stirling Castle to William Wallace Monument.
The great ceiling of the Great Hall, Stirling Castle. (no nails or screws!)

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling September 18th 2017

Another win with Airbnb. Terrific Edwardian period house in what is obviously quite a prestigious neighbourhood and a room with the biggest king size bed I've ever seen. The fittings are lovely, the ceilings at least 12 feet high and the house is resplendent with all the facilities we could possibly need or want. The host is charming and even her dogs are delightful. She has an Airdale that is really good, he's big but not wiry like you usually see them. The only rule here that the dogs are not allowed in our room because they would be straight onto the bed. The bed would easily accommodate us and dogs but the white linen sheets may not look as pristine as they do now! It was golf course day today. We drove to the Carnoustie ... read more
Same without me in the window.
Carnoustie Golf Club (surprisingly boring shot!).
Carnoustie's 18th.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling September 15th 2016

Now that you are completely aware of your surroundings and have the rhythm of working, hiking, talking and sleeping, time goes rapidly. And this week was full of walking and talking. Last Friday I went to Edinburgh with two colleagues and my manager. He’d rented a car because he needed to go to the Ikea for a new couch, and offered us a lift. After an hour in the car, blasting metal and singing along to the songs, we arrived at the foot of the Arthur’s Seat. Because we all had been to Edinburgh before, we decided to take a long hike on the mountain. With a beautiful site from the cliffs, we walked around for a few hours. Although it was windy, it was warm and when the sun broke through the clouds even hot. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling September 8th 2016

So a Dutchman, two Germans and a couple of French girls walk into a pub. Is this the beginning of a joke? No, not if a backpackers hostel is one block away from the pub. This is how I spend my first evening of my ten week adventure in Stirling, Scotland. On the 1st of September, I arrived in Edinburgh after a short and relaxed flight. I took a tram to Haymarket and from there I took to the train to Stirling. I still had some cash from my week in Canterbury, which came in handy. As I sat in the train, enjoying the unexpectedly sunny weather, I thought about the summer and made a list of things I definitely want to see and do while I’m in Scotland. I still had a smile on my ... read more




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