Posts Tagged ‘ Stirling ’

Here’s the shortlist

Oct 10th, 2021 | By

Just eight candidates remain in the race to see which will be UK Capital of Culture 2025.



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.



A Different Place to Stay

Feb 13th, 2010 | By

Holiday accommodation can be expensive but the range of choice is wide. Beginning with hostels, campsites, caravan parks you can consider B&B’s, guesthouses and hotels of an increasing number of stars.
But have you ever considered university accommodation?
Obviously it has its drawbacks, not the least of which is you can’t stay there when the students are around. So you’re limited really to holiday times such as Easter, July through to the end of September and over Christmas. But those are also the times when other accommodation carries a premium price. And universities are in some of the most popular shortbreak and citybreak destinations. Take Cambridge for example. Trying to find accommodation there can be a real problem in summer when overseas tourists visit