Thursday, March 19, 2009

Stirling castle, the William Wallace monument, and Scots pride

Yesterday we hired a car and drove to Stirling to see the sights.  Here are some of them:

This is the entrance to Stirling castle.
Inside the castle.

This is shot from inside the castle- I thought it was an interesting perspective.
This tree is in a courtyard inside the castle.  For some reason I tend to take better black and white photographs that I do color.

Sara (which means "princess") enjoying the view from her castle.
On the other side of Stirling is the William Wallace monument.  Yes, that's the Braveheart guy.
This is the view from the top of the monument.
The crown of the monument provides for some very interesting shots.

Over the entrance of the monumnent stands this statue of Wallace.  Almost looks like Mel Gibson, doesn't it?
This was the go-cart-I mean car- that we hired for the day.  Roomier than you might think.

Wallace monument again.
Inside the monument is Wallace's sword.  They say he needed to be a beefy 6' 6" to be able to wield it, but I'm pretty sure I can handle it at 6' 2" and 163 lbs.

It might be something in the water, but Scottish resentment towards the English seems almost ubiquitous.  This was palpable in some of the exhibits at the monument, particularly a room where Wallace's story is played out in a short looping video.  This quote is prominently featured in the exhibit:

"...for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."  
-Declaration of Arbroath

Even if the resentment is somewhat unjustified, the Scots pride behind it is infectious.  Here's to Scotland the Brave!