Saturday, May 27. Stirling is a town about 45 minutes northwest of Edinburgh. It was the seat of power in medieval times, and is (so I'm told) featured prominently in Braveheart. The Scottish kings ruled here from Stirling Castle.
We stayed at the
Firgrove Bed and Breakfast, which was great. Fiona, the woman
who runs it, is wonderful, and we finally got a little bit of
four-legged attention from her dog, Pip.
In the morning, we went out to Stirling Castle, stopping along the way
at the Church of the Holy Rude. The castle was great; beautiful
architecture and excellent views of the countryside.
In the afternoon, we drove out to Doune Castle, famous in some circles
as being the castle used for most of the scenes
in Monty Python and
the Holy Grail. Also very cool; in addition to being an impressive old
castle, it was fun to try to figure out where different scenes were
shot. The giftshop even lets you borrow coconuts.