Wallace Monument.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely Laura from O’Leary PR asking if I would be interested in visiting The National Wallace Monument in Stirling, I of course said yes (Me and the OH had been meaning to visit for years!). The last time I was there was when I was 11 years old and my cousin Ross was visiting from Australia (J had never been!).

The day finally came (last Saturday) and we made our way through to Stirling, the drive there wasn’t too bad and when we arrived there was a chill in the air but it was sunny, which for me is a perfect winters day.

As I mentioned previously, the last time I visited The National Wallace Monument I was 11 years old and when we visited all those years ago you were able to park right outside The Monument on top of the hill, however nowadays they have a wonderful gift shop, cafe and car park.  You have two options on how you get up the The Wallace Monument, you can either head up there by foot or take the shuttle bus that they provide, me and J decided to walk up (this was to be my exercise for the week!).

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As you make your way up there are a few viewing areas where you can go to take some pictures and take in the beautiful view. When we made it to the top we were again greeted with stunning views and of course the beautiful landmark that is The National Wallace Monument.

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Once we had taken 30 odd pictures we finally made our way inside and were greeted by the warm and welcoming staff who provided me with our tickets and a voucher for 2 complimentary hot drinks at The Legends Coffee House with compliments from Stirling Tourism Board, we then we started our journey up the 246(!) steps…

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There are 3 different rooms over 3 floors and then you have the crown (the very top of the monument). The first room you enter is the The Hall of Arms, in this room you will be able to find out William Wallace’s early life and also learn about the Battle at Stirling Bridge. In this room you will also see some armour (which is extremely heavy!) and the beautiful stained glass windows, which were flooded with sunlight.

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On the next floor you come to the Hall of Heros, this room features 15 marble busts and one bronze bust, you may not always recognise the bust but you will most likely recognise their names (Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns & James Watt to name a few!). However the best part of this room is Wallace’s sword, which stands at 5ft 4ins and weighs 6.5lbs (to be exact!), it is housed in a glass case.

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The next room is The Royal Chamber and in the room you will find information on this Victorian building. There is also a jigsaw and ‘face in the hole,thingy’ (I clearly have no idea what they are called…) which is fun!

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And finally, the stairs lead you to The Crown which is a fantastic viewing platform at the top of The National Wallace Monument. The 360 degree view is absolutely stunning, we must have spent a good 20 minutes up there taking in the sights!
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We then descended the 246 stairs and the hill (complete with jelly legs!) to the Legends Coffee House to relax and have a coffee and hot chocolate which was much needed on that chilly day!
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To anyone who has never been, go! Get a bit of history in you and enjoy the beautiful views that Stirling has to offer. Both myself and the OH had a fantastic afternoon and will definitely be returning!

For directions, prices, opening times and info, please visit – http://www.nationalwallacemonument.com/ 

 

 

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Good Friday.

The Easter weekend is upon us, which for some means a glorious 4 days off work and time to spend with your nearest and dearest, today I spent it with J.
He had planned a mini pub crawl, so mini that it only consisted of 4 pubs, the Barony, The Cumberland Bar, The Wally Dug & Kay’s. Each pub was different and had its quirks (which I love), but my favourite was Kay’s… I think what really sold it was my new found friend (woof!). I like pubs for the look and the atmosphere, J however goes on the ales and whisky (Kay’s was his favourite too). We drank in each pub, but had lunch in The Cumberland Bar, I went for the veggie haggis burger with added cheese and J went for the fish and chips, both absolutely delicious AND very filling! The only issue with that pub, is that my bottle of cider was nearly £5!!! I think we may try and pop into a few more pubs whilst we’re off (there’s a new one just opened up in Portobello).

Below are some pictures taken from today, obvs.

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Pictures Of The Weekend.

Cramond. All these pictures are from Saturday when me and Jay headed to Cramond for a wee walk, it was a lovely day (yet chilly).

The tide was out so we managed to walk across to Cramond Island which was a first for both of us! We had a sneak peak inside one of the old buildings which was used in the First and Second World Wars, that was pretty cool!

And we bumped into Jaimie’s friend Ad, his girlfriend and son which was nice and we haven’t seen them for a while.

It was a wonderful day and I had forgotten how much I like it there!

Gorgie Farm.

I LOVE this wee farm which is nestled in Gorgie, it’s still a working farm and you can pick up fruit and veg from there, which is what me and Jaimie did (their sweet potatoes are delish!).  Thankfully it was a dry day when we went and all the animals were out! 

 

Jolly Holiday Part 3.

This is a post about Caister Castle and Car Museum, we didn’t realise we were getting into the castle as well as the museum so that was a lovely surprise!  Jaimie was the one who suggested visiting this place as he a HUGE car fan, but we were all happy to go along with and it turned out to be quite a cool showroom, unfortunately you are not allowed to take photographs of the cars inside (If I had this post would have been a lot longer!).  We enjoyed looking at all the old cars and bikes and see how much things have changed. 

The Castle is lovely and we got to climb all the way to the top, sadly the veiws weren’t spectacular as all you could see for miles was fields, but nonetheless it looked like it would have been a beautiful Castle back in the day.  

Jolly Holiday Part 1.

TA DA!  And here it is one if my (1? 2? 3? More?) holiday posts.  Norfolk is a lovely place to visit and Norwich a fab City, full of interesting building and some good shopping. 

This is the day we went into Norwich to visit the Castle/ Museum and the Cathedral.  I also dragged Jaimie round the shops for a spot to retail therapy which you can never have too much of!  Sadly that day was quite rainy and windy, however we did get a spot of sun the afternoon which was much needed.  There will be a second post where we’re back in Norwich and it’s all about the market.