William Wallace National Monument, Stirling

I have waited until my fourth trip to Scotland to visit this national monument; and I can’t imagine why!  It is the most stunning monument I have ever visited.  It is so well done, and the life of such a worthy man is put across so well, that I don’t even need to say anything.  Instead, I will share it with you by simply showing the pictures I took on each level and they will put it so much more eloquently than I could even begin to try.

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Each “Hall” starting with the “Hall of Arms” below is one story of the monument.  After visiting each respective hall, one climbs more stairs to the next hall until one reaches the top level which is an open air roof top with a stone “crown” sitting above.  Let’s enter here into the first hall on the second story of the monument:

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Who might I add?  The only other Scottish man that I think should be included in the list below is John Muir, for his contributions to the natural beauty of National Parks and beautiful landscapes in the U.S.A., especially in Northern California, that has been preserved in the United States.

 

These pictures barely do justice to the size of that sword!  William Wallace had to be a really big guy and of extreme stature to wield a sword of its size!

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And now to the open aired top floor….the views were breathtakingly beautiful!

Down at the bottom once again, a visit to the gift shop unveiled some very nice wares!

I couldn’t resist these rock carvings for celtic embroidery ideas for this coming winter!

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In the photo above there is a road heading straight out to the middle of the piece of round pasture land contained in the upper loop of a backwards “S” in the river.  There are some trees and houses at the end of the road.  That is where we are headed next; an ancient Abbey called Cambuskenneth and where a King and his Queen are buried.

 

 

Author: Claudia Frew

Adventuresome, independent and fun-loving traveling American 64 year young great grandmother who loves to travel solo or with fellow travelers!

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