Stirling Castle

This castle was sieged in 1304 and is considered one of the most famous sieges. It is referred to as "The Great Siege". I have more about it right here: The Siege of Stirling Castle

It's early history dates to the 12th century and it has changed in purpose over the ensuing centuries. First being a military fortress then a royal palace through the 15th and 16th centuries. In the 17th century it returned to it's military purpose and also served as a prison. Almost all the present buildings in the castle were constructed between 1490 and 1600. It is now a museum open to the public and for more information you can check out the official website here.

About Visiting the Castle

It is open year round although there is a Summer season and a Winter season and the open hours vary between these two seasons.

The castle has a wide array of things to see and do such as the Queen Anne Gardens, A Royal Palace, Great Hall, Museum and of particular note is the Stirling Heads Gallery which is a world famous collection of Kings, Queens, Nobles and other famous people carved on large Oak Medallions.

 

 

Stirling Bridge

 

Stirling Castle Circa 1900

A Stirling Head of Henry VIII

Stirling Heads - Henry VIII

 

Free ebook in the public domain (epub version) Stirling Castle - It's Place in Scottish History

 

 

 

 

Scotland Castles and Clans: The Legends

Discover Scotland's forgotten legends. Historian Brian C. Mack explores the panorama of Scottish history in rich detail with accounts of battles, castles and heroic figures, while artist Karol Mack brings the famous sites to life with beautiful paintings. Its superb storytelling and visual appeal make this book a feast for all those who have ever been touched by the romance and beauty of Scotland. Brian is of Scottish descent, a member of Clan Home. He has traveled extensively throughout Scotland; studying Scottish history at the Kings College in Aberdeen, Scotland before graduating from the University of New Mexico, U.S.A. Brian resides in Estes Park, CO. Karol Mack's work is part of national and international collections. She has traveled and painted throughout Scotland exploring her ancestry as member of Clan Lamont. Her artistic honors include numerous awards, signature memberships, and one person exhibitions. She lives outside of Santa Fe, NM.

 

 

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