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Today was one of the few rainy days we have seen on our entire trip, but it did not dampen our spirits.

We picked up our rental car, and hit the road to Stirling. Once we reached Stirling we had a cappuccino, and then headed to Stirling Castle. This Castle was much different from Edinburgh Castle - Edinburgh Castle served principally as a military fortress in its later years, while Stirling Castle served more as a Royal residence. Parts of Stirling Castle have been substantially restored, affording the opportunity to appreciate how it looked in its day, including the ceiling of the king’s bedchamber with its famous Stirling Heads.

We then decided to visit Doune Castle. We did not realize until we arrived that Doune Castle was a filming location for “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, and “Outlander”. Though appearing unassuming from the outside, the interior gives a good impression of Castle life in the 14th Century.

We proceeded on to Linlithgow, and the sun came out in time to give us a great view across the loch from our B&B to the imposing Linlithgow Palace. We had dinner in a pub in Linlithgow.
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Stirling Castle
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A bit of rain!
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Stirling Castle

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Ceiling in the king’s bedchamber at Stirling Castle
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Stirling Castle
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Doune Castle
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Doune Castle
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Doune Castle
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Doune Castle
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Doune Castle
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Doune Castle

Posted by Jimpat 09:37

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