Visit of Stirling and the
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June 19th, 2008 – by: Phipsi
After less than an hour driving we arrived at the castle of Stirling but the entrance fee of 8.50 GBP per person would blow our low budget. We paid the fee for the parking and went downhill to the historical center. On the way down we passed at the Youth hostel and went inside to check for an available room. We were lucky, they had a room for us.
I left my girlfriend at the Youth hostel and went back to the castle to get the car.
After checking-in we went to the Old Town Jail which the girl at the reception desk of the Youth hostel recommended to us.
The guide was just fantastic, he played 5 different characters during the visit (of course the guide, a prisoner, a judge, a DA and the prison warden). It was so funny...although I really had difficulties to understand him but I think he did this on purpose ;o).
After we have seen the center of Stirling we went to the "Wallace Monument". A very impressive building dedicated to William Wallace (better know as Braveheart) and other famous Scots like:
- Sir David Brewster (1781 - 1868), scientist and inventor.
- Robert the Bruce (1274 - 1329), King of Scotland and national hero.
- George Buchanan (1506 - 1582), historian and scholar.
- Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), poet.
- Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)writer and sage.
- Thomas Chalmers(1780 - 1847), preacher and writer.
- William Ewart Gladstone (1809 - 1898), politician and UK prime minister.
- John Knox (1505 - 1572), religious reformer. (Graphic above, left)
- David Livingstone (1813 - 1873), missionary and explorer.
- Hugh Miller (1802 - 1856), writer and geologist.
- William Murdock (1754-1839), pioneer of gas lighting.
- Allan Ramsay (1685 - 1758), poet and man of letters.
- Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832), writer, poet and nationalist. (Graphic above, right)
- Adam Smith (1723 - 1790), economist and philosopher.
- Robert Tannahill (1774 - 1810), songwriter.
- James Watt (1736-1819), inventor and developer of the steam engine.
We also climbed the 246 steps up to the roof terrace. It was quite windy - we went down again after 5 minutes. The rest of the day we spent strolling around Stirling center and in the evening we went to a pub for a couple of beers and watching a soccer game on TV (it was a match of the European Championship).
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