I could not wait to get here! I arrived via train from Edinburgh, checking into the Willy Wallace Hostel in Stirling. A hop, skip and a jump from the train station. This is my plug for their place… It is a hostel remember this but it was a friendly, fun crowd and my bed was comfy as it could be. (I was happy to see other hostel goers older than me)!
- Hostels I don’t think are known for fluffy mattress
- Clean sheets and duvets are a MUST
- Great kitchen area helps
- Friendly staff
Ok now on to Stirling Castle. Home to the Royal Families of Scotland.
It is part of Historic Scotland. It was surreal to enter the Castle grounds and just breathe in the essence of the surroundings. I had been to Dumfries, Edinburgh and now Stirling. A Castle is rich in history. It was different here. I could take pictures!!!
I took my time walking through the Castle
Which you can do when you travel alone. It was overwhelming, to say the least. Many times in my travels in Scotland I felt this overwhelming feeling of having been there before. This Castle so many others, has so much history and beauty.
Onward!. I was amazed at how small? the bed was in the King’s bedchamber. I mean I pictured this gigantic bed, so I am sure this bed was huge at that time.
After seeing all the beautiful artwork and tapestries it was on to the Garden. What is not to love about the simple yet elegant beauty of nature? Would I see the ghost of Mary, Queen of Scots roaming the castle gardens? there is a story that she haunts the castle, I thought maybe she might join me in the gardens.
The Queen Anne Gardens
Since the 1400’s there has been a garden here at the castle. In the 1620s part of it was turned into a bowling lawn. The flat part. How fun to know they bowled so long ago! Just walking around and taking in the beauty and wondering how the ladies of the court would be walking around arms linked around each other… whispering…
It was a beautiful day to visit the castle and I can’t wait to go back and see things I missed the first time around.
Tiaraidh an dràsda!