Posts Tagged ‘ Stirling Castle ’

Finding Jamie Fraser (Outlander Tour)

Sep 13th, 2018 | By

I have a particular interest in the saga, so this year we decided to do an Outlander Tour and visit the film sites, cramming as much as we could into just three days.

Saturday snippets: 14th October 2017

Oct 14th, 2017 | By

More tourists, more spending, smoking bans and new theme park attractions are just some of the things catching Adrian’s attention this week

Visiting Scotland’s heritage

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By

Last year well over 4 million people visited the historic sites that are managed by Historic Environment Scotland.

Scotland’s heritage boom

Sep 6th, 2016 | By
image of Stirling Castle

1,964,118 visitors flocked to attractions fromApril to July cared for by Historic Envronment Scotland, an increase of more than 169,000 on the same period in 2015.

Saturday snippets: 23rd of May 2015

May 23rd, 2015 | By

Sheep racing on Sark, Henry VIII and the annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympic Games are a few of the evnts that captured Adrian’s eye this week.

Saturday snippets: 31st January 2015

Jan 31st, 2015 | By
Nayarit river

It is a week of museum news and the growth of British tourists to Mexico as well as horse racing on ice! Adrian rounds up the lesser-covered stories of the week.

Saturday snippets: 4th October 2014

Oct 4th, 2014 | By
image of Stirling Castle

Adrian remebers the entreprenrial Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, records the saving of the Wedgwood Collection for our countries, and looks at how successful some places have been in enticing us to visit them.

Saturday snippets: 25 January 2014

Jan 25th, 2014 | By

As the Forth Bridge is put forward to become a UNESCO World heritage Site, Adrian finds that museums are closing and re-opening; the head of Visit Britain leaves and the Cutty Sark becomes a theatre.

The St Andrew’s Day giveaway

Nov 14th, 2013 | By

In celebration of St Andrew’s day in a fortnight’s time, Historic Scotland is offering you the opportunity to enter their 35 properties for nothing. The rules are that you have to apply online at a special website,, to gain entry for two adults and up to three children.

Stirling Castle Palace

Aug 26th, 2013 | By

Adrian visits the palace within the grounds of Scotland’s Stirling Castle. Opened after extensive restoration two years ago, allow a couple of hours for your visit just to crane your neck and see the famed Stirling Heads!

Bannockburn, Stirling and Scotland’s National Museum

Jul 29th, 2011 | By

On the day that the National Museum of Scotland reopens in Chambers Street, Edinburgh, there has been news lately that two other visitor attractions have received grants so that they can improve facilities for visitors.
Bannockburn will receive £10 million

Stirling Castle Palace Re-Opens

Jun 3rd, 2011 | By

This weekend sees the re-opening of one of the most important sites in Scottish history – the palace at Stirling Castle. To celebrate this Historic Scotland is putting an extra effort with festivities and events.
On Saturday, the splender kicks off at 11.45 with a royal procession whih will include Mary, Queen of Scots and Mary of Guise and the rest of the “royal” party to be welcomed by cannon fire.

The Trail of Mary of Guise

Jun 27th, 2010 | By

June commemorates the 450th anniversary of the death of Mary of Guise, the mother of Mary, Queen of Scots. Why so important an anniversary?
Because after the death of her husband, James V, at the end of 1542, she was the ruler of Scotland up until her death. It was she who maintained the Catholic cause against Protestant reformers. It was she who outwitted the Scottish nobles albeit with French money and it was her brother who captured Calais from the English during the time of Mary I.

The Other Stirling

May 5th, 2010 | By

Trapped by not having a return flight back home,(volcanoes again)) I took myself off to Stirling today to see some more of the youngest city of Scotland. That might surprise you, given its long links with key events in Scottish history, but yes, it is Scotland’s youngest city.
When you think of Stirling, the first thought you might have is the castle. This monument to the Scottish past sits astride a hilltop with commanding views over thee surroun ding land. Nearby is Bannockburn, famed for the success of Robert the Bruse over the English and, of course, thre is the national monument to William Wallace. But what else should you see if you go there?
Easily accessible from both Glasgow and Edinburgh by rail (from Glasgow it takes about 25 minutes by fast train and from Edinburgh about 55 minutes.) it would help if you wore stout, comfortable, walking shoes. In the old part there are cobbled streets and if you head up to the old prison or the castle it is a steep walk. Coaches take day trippers up there, or should do but today some idiot parked on a double yellow line which resulted in a coach being unable to make the corner.