Day two in Scotland started in Edinburgh. We drove to St Andrews in the morning and after a walk around town there we were off to Stirling. (when I type of my phone it has autocorrected to sterling, ug, keep fixing it but I may have messed one here or there!)
The crazy weather day continued. We spent the afternoon at the Castle. These 4 videos were recorded over the space of just a couple of hours - same for the pictures. When we arrived at the Castle - it was so gusty and cold. There was sideways snow. By the time we left it was sunny, warm and gorgeous.
Hear the wind! It was cold!
The snow was not sticking everywhere, but when we would drive through a valley the ground was white. So pretty!
There were a couple of castles that Karisa had on her lists that were not open. A couple of times we stopped and tried to hike our way in. This time it was still pretty cold. She braved the side of the mountain. Serg and I stopped part way up. All she could see was the tops of the towers.
Stirling Castle is a wonderful place to visit. It has been restored in some parts. There is so much information and it is all so interesting. During tourism season there are actors that interact with you as if you are visiting during medieval times. Some fun facts that we learned:
While she lived at Stirling, Mary, Queen of Scots played football, golf and tennis. Guess who else I know that has done the same? This girl! Since she is in on the "leggings as pants" craze the palace outfits helped her fit right in!
The oldest room in the castle dates to the 1300's.
If you want to read some of the history of the castle - there is lots here:
At one point in time the castle walls were adorned with life sized statues on all of the ledges around the perimeter. We think of castles as stone grey - but in it's day - the castle and all of the statues were painted in vibrant colors. There was a very interesting movie on what it used to look like and some of the restoration that is underway.
The sun was starting to break through!
Archaeologists believe that underneath the knot is King Arthur's round table.
The Wallace monument.
We ate dinner at the Hollybank. The owner was delightful, the view wonderful and the food hit the spot.
The sticky toffee pudding with custard was a perfect way to end the day. Reminds me that we have some sticky date pudding (the Aussie name) in our freezer and I bought some custard powder at the grocery in Scotland. Sounds like a plan for the near future!