Stirling Castle, Scotland

JULY 6th, 2007 [Friday]

We left Edinburgh slightly after noon. Our next destination was an hour’s drive to the west: Stirling.

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Stirling city

Stirling is a very historical city in Scotland. Quite a number of the battles were fought here during the Wars of Scottish Independence. In fact, there is a National Wallace Monument in the city, erected to commemorate the Scottish national hero William Wallace. If you have no idea who this bloke is, it is okay, I didn’t know either when I visited this city.

We didn’t come here for the city though. None of us knew much about Scottish history anyway. The only reason we came here is because we had the Explorer Pass, and one of the major castles of Scotland is located here: the Stirling Castle.

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Stirling Castle
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Stirling Castle

I was kind of disappointed with Edinburgh Castle earlier in the day. I guess it was partly due to how crowded it was, and you know I don’t do crowds well at all, right? It felt more like a over-popular tourist attraction than a historical site.

Stirling Castle though, it brought my plummeting mood back up. I thought this castle was beautiful. There were infinitely less visitors here, and I felt infinitely more relaxed. There was a very lovely garden within the castle itself,

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In fact, there is another garden outside the castle, and the view was quite impressive.

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Err… moving on…

Instead of a museum, there is an exhibit of a medieval age’s royal kitchen, complete with wax figures and all the kitchen props.

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You know, we always see how palace kitchens work in China and Korea thanks to HK TVB and KBS channel, but how often have you seen a royal kitchen of Europe? It was quite interesting to me. Of course this kitchen is much simpler compared to those elaborate China palace’s setup. The cooking in Europe at that time was mostly roasting over fire.

I think not just me, but everyone felt more relaxed in Stirling Castle. In fact, we were so relaxed that we decided to take a group photo that resembles a school class photo.

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And…

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And then we left Stirling and proceeded with our road trip…

[to be continued]

 

16 Comments

  1. I just noticed that there were only 3 ladies in the group!! So many bodyguards for them! I have heard of Stirling Castle from my dad but had no idea how it looked until today. I agree about the looks of their English kitchens of the past which looks similar with the Hampton Court Palace which I have seen. It is such a beautiful old palace but not their many kitchens inside.

    • Generally, I think Europeans are crap when it comes to luxury living for the royals, compared to their Asian counterparts (and Russia). I think it is in the recent 200 years that they caught up, after learning from Asian nations that they colonized.

  2. The kitchen looked particularly interesting. Mainly roasting, as you mentioned. No frying like many of the Chinese do, but then again this was back in the day.

    Lol, everyone looks so serious in the class photo. Definitely looks like a class photo πŸ˜€

  3. yeah, spot on!! the crowded place can be a turn off and surely we won’t be able to see and experience much of the place but probably spent more time waiting for clear background for photoshoots and see more heads than the exhibits..

    the class photo, haha.. i thought all ladies should be seated huh?? and i remember no one was crossing their legs for our class photos so far.. different school different style??

    • Haha one of your photos look quite identical to mine of Stirling city. πŸ˜€

      I did not watch Braveheart, but I do know who William Wallace is from my readings. I suspect not many from our side of the world will know though..

  4. Stirling! Yes, I think I stayed one night there too… we just walked around the small town and into the castle too.. oh sorry, not inside.. just at the compounds only… πŸ™‚

    • The entrance ticket to the castle, if you purchase by itself, was 9 pounds. It was rather costly I suppose.

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