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Exploring Stirling Castle – Edinburgh Day 7

After a week in Scotland, we left Edinburgh for the day to head over to Stirling and visit the astounding Stirling Castle. About an hour’s train ride away, it was nice to relax on the train and watch the Scottish countryside go by while we were brought to our next destination of adventure. And what an adventure Stirling Castle was! Probably one of my favourite days of the trip, we spent all day in Stirling exploring every nook and cranny the castle held.

Stirling is just the kind of castle I came to see. Both royal palace and medieval fortress, there was lots to see and explore. The day left me happy and smiley, like I could skip everywhere, which I very nearly did.

Let our adventures at Stirling unfold.

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We began with a short guided tour just to get our bearings, and then we started exploring for ourselves. We began with the outer walls and worked our way in.

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Walking along the walls, you’re met with stunning views all around.

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The Walter Wallace Monument, off in the foggy distance

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The palace was lined with lots of statues and eavesdroppers – over 250 of them in fact.

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The lion and the unicorn – for England and Scotland

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King James VI being crowned by the lion – by England

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The Devil – to scare away potential invaders
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These two were some of my favourites – they signify the joining of Scotland and England, with the marriage between Margaret Tudor (represented by the rose of the Tudors) and James IV (represented by the thistle of the Scots)

Beyond the never-ending statues, the exterior of the castle was quite impressive.

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The outside of the Great Hall
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Connecting the Great Hall to the Royal Palace
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The Royal Palace

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The North Gate, the oldest surviving part of the castle, dating back to 1381

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The interior was just as impressive, from the Great Hall…

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Replicas of the thrones

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Where the king and queen would stand and look over those gathered in the Great Hall

… to the Royal Palace…

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The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland

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Replicas of the tapestries in the The Hunt of the Unicorn, a series of 7 (you can see the originals in the tapestry studio, where they’re restoring them)

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… to everything else.

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Down in the kitchens, a whole other world exists

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The key to the castle, dating to the 19th century, and bigger than my hand
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The padlock to go with the key

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The Stirling Heads Gallery

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It was a fantastic visit to a fantastic castle. But our visit to Stirling didn’t end at the castle. We went to the Argyle House, which dates to at least the 16th century, as well as the Church of the Holy Rude, the oldest medieval castle in the United Kingdom, along with Westminster, still in operation today. Both were very cool to see, and a great way to end the day.

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Inside the Argyle House
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Inside the Argyle House
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Approaching the Church of the Holy Rude

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