My family toured Stirling this past Saturday (26 September). We could definitely understand how the city is known as the gateway to the Highlands. I took the image below, which shows mountains in the background, including the National Wallace Monument to the left, and a statute of Robert the Bruce in the foreground (click on the image for a larger view).
Weather was perfect as we explored Stirling Castle. There were many neat rooms to investiage, and the castle grounds were a lot of fun to walk. I snapped the photo below of the Forework (click on the image for a larger view).
We were treated to a fascinating history lesson on the Jacobite rising of 1715, also known as Lord Mar's Revolt. The castle hosts were in full costume, and they even taught us to rev up the fighters in preparation for battle. Check out the YouTube video below.
We learned some very interesting Scottish history during our time in Stirling. I've always thoroughly enjoyed learning history. Being where history was made makes learning so much more enjoyable.