One of the most famous landmarks in Scotland, Stirling Castle dates back to the twelfth century. In times of peace, Scottish royals held court there. But in times of war, the area in and around the castle became a center of conflict. Near the castle’s perch atop a massive volcanic rock, are the sites of William Wallace’s 1297 victory against the British at Stirling Bridge and Robert Bruce’s 1314 victory at Bannockburn.
Built in 1600 by the Lord of Shetland, this tower house castle still stands strong in the town of Scalloway on Mainland, the largest island of the Shetlands in Scotland.
When you enter the front door of this well-preserved defensive structure, the main direction to go is up, up, up — toward living quarters and eventually to the battlements on top.
Early autumn colors tint the gently sloping countryside surrounding this quiet loch in the Scottish highlands.
The origin of this quaint old bridge over the River Doon in Scotland is uncertain. At one point in its history, the structure fell into disrepair. But its fortunes changed in 1790, when Robert Burns immortalized the bridge with his poem, “Tam o’ Shanter.” In the poem, spooky things happened at the bridge to Tam, a thoughtless farmer who spent far too much time drinking at the pub.