afternoon jaunt to Sterling before departing Edinburgh

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1863 Star Pyramid at Valley Cemetery

Housing projects and ecru fields of grain highlighted the sights en route to Stirling.  An English computer programmer, Andy, sat across from me on the train and opened a conversation, impressively recognizing my unobvious tee shirt as that from a U2 concert.  He had been to Stirling before and walked me up to the Valley Cemetery to show me the route to the castle.  The path through the cemetery led me to the 1863 Star Pyramid, the purpose of which I had no idea; nonetheless, it was an impressive monument.

 

Stirling Castle is a sound fortification and masterfully constructed complex.

Main Gate across the Outer Ditch of Stirling Castle
  For the sake of time, I saved the few pounds admission charge and only peered from a hill down into the Outer Ditch and up across the eco-friendly, grass-topped, outer walls.  A mad dash down the hill from the castle got me back in time for my return train to Edinburgh to retrieve my luggage, which had remained conveniently in its locker since I arrived on Saturday.  Sterling was nice, but not worth an overnight stay.

 

Back in Edinburgh, I set out to find a free loo and suddenly my Spanish roommate from Portree tapped me on the shoulder… small world!  We caught up for a few minutes and he directed me to McDonalds for a free flush.  Collecting my backpack, the code did not work to open the door.  A couple of other people using the lockers told me that they have had problems before and had to put more money in to get their stuff out.  Without another ₤3 in coins and with ten minutes to get to the platform, I gave my locker a solid kick in frustration and, to my joyous relief it popped open.  Down the road, I ran into the two Spanish women with whom I drove around Skye… very small world!
ctjevans says:
thanks for reading Roger, glad you enjoyed it.
Posted on: Sep 27, 2008
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