Photographers flock to this castle when the light is right and the tide is high. It sits beautifully on a small tidal island off the shore of Scotland’s Isle of Skye. Originally built in the thirteenth century, it became famous in the eighteenth century as a stronghold of two Jacobite clans, the MacKenzies and MacRaes. Due to continuing conflict between the Jacobites and the government, it was partially destroyed by the British Navy in 1719. It was restored in the twentieth century .
This panoramic view from the grounds of Stirling Castle, encompasses a monument to William Wallace, one of Scotland’s favorite national heros. Near the castle, at Stirling Bridge, Wallace fought to defeat the British in 1297. The monument sits atop a hill called Abbey Craig with the Ochil Hills spreading out in the distance.
The iconic fortress dominating the skyline of Scotland’s capital city is built atop an extinct volcano. It was illuminated at night with colorful lighting, which I converted to grayscale for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge hosted by Leanne Cole.