Day trip to Stirling

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In hindsight,  I reckon this trip taught me an important lesson - plan before you go. Oh, and while you're at it, plan by YOURSELF! My friend told me that I must visit Stirling, the word "Braveheart" being repeated again and again. Being a Hollywood junkie, I could instantly recognise lots of photo op's in this place and couldn't wait to get there. She also did explain that the city by itself is very small, and i'd be spending most of my day between the William Wallace Tower and then the Castle.

2003 was so different from today. Or was it really? Those days I'd just gotten a new job, started getting good salary and wanted to indulge myself in the best of British fashion. So the first day was spent in city centre of Glasgow shopping all the British menswear chains, as well as of course, HMV and Virgin with my being a music fan and all.

need I say more??!

This was also the day that would mark the  beginning of my lifelong love affair with British sandwich chain Greggs. Even to this day, I maintain that it's much better than the oft-overhyped Pret-A-Manger. I had a nice late breakfast/early lunch @ Greggs, headed to Glasgow Queens Station and bought myself a 1 day return trip to Stirling.

When I reached Stirling, the city looked so quiet. The good part is that the open top city sightseeing bus stops in front of the railway station so I really didn't have to do much except buy my ticket and get on the bus. The city is so tiny, so narrowly constructed and the houses look lovely. I've often wondered what it's like to live in such small towns, would I enjoy it? Probably...probably not...probably....

William Wallace was our first stop.

Stirling town
I disembarked here, bought a ticket to get to the top of the tower (God bless that American chap behind me asking if they had a lift to the top of the tower!!) and began my climb. The views from the tower were breathtaking. And although from outside, the tower did seem a bit narrow (me wondering how so many people manage to fit on top), it actually did seem reasonably spacious given the # of people that were there.

The city by itself looks very cosy, lots of green fields, you could also get a view of the Castle at a distance. All in all, worth the 20 odd minutes that I spent on top.

On my descent, I stopped by the cafe inside the Tower and had what I consider till date, my best soup - carrot and coriander. I'd never tried this combination before (ironic, coming from a South Indian, coriander is a staple ingredient for us) and loved it.

I also had some quiche. I got back and took a few more photos around the Tower. Waited for the bus, for the obvious next stop - the Castle!

This was my FIRST trip to a Castle. I'm not counting Urquhart as one, because let's be honest, barring it's lovely views, the Castle's not even standing straight! But the Stirling Castle was so much more complete in that sense, still very intact and very well preserved - right from the pruning of the garden to the clean interiors and the tourist friendly instructions and setup as such.

I bought one of those guided tours because, as I mentioned earlier, in 2003 I had no concept of what self-guide is all about. The tour of the Castle was good and the history seemed interesting. I will maintain that the history of other castles such as Edinburgh were much more royal than this.

William "Braveheart" Wallace
However, this was an interesting experience by itself. I was amazed by the lovely gardens and the greenery. The rooms - frankly it's been so long that I've forgotten any detail.

Spent the rest of the time wandering around getting more good views of the city from the Castle, before climbing back on the sightseeing bus, heading to the station and heading back home. Overall nice day, nice experience and the travelling around in train bit was sthg I was getting used to, and liking!

mountaingirl says:
I like Stirling ... it is a lovely place :)
Posted on: Oct 20, 2016
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need I say more??!
need I say more??!
Stirling town
Stirling town
William Braveheart Wallace
William "Braveheart" Wallace
View of Stirling from William Wall…
View of Stirling from William Wal…
William Wallace tower
William Wallace tower
Stirling town
Stirling town
View of the Castle from the tour b…
View of the Castle from the tour …
side view of Stirling Castle
side view of Stirling Castle
One of my favourite pics, very gre…
One of my favourite pics, very gr…
Outside the castle, ready to head …
Outside the castle, ready to head…
Stirling
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