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Stirling Castle

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*feels more amenable to posting today*

I just realised that I’m finally done posting about London! We did go to Liverpool and Manchester, but I don’t have any particularly good pics of those places.

Time to catch up with my Edinburgh posts, maybe?

So, after Rosslyn Chapel, next was Stirling Castle. I made the trip with two of my flatmates, Heba and Sarah.

Stirling as viewed from the outside:
from the outside

Stirling’s more interesting than Edinburgh Castle (for me), but the main palace was closed for renovation/conservation, which was a pity.

view
The view from just outside the castle – there’s a cemetary right next to it.

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Another view of the surrounding area – from somewhere inside the castle this time.

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The Wallace Monument, rather far off…

wallace
And yay for long camera zoom!

Heba wanted to visit the Wallace Monument too but we didn’t have time.

alice flower
Every time I see this type of flower, all I can think of is: Alice in Wonderland flower. They just really really remind me of some of the flowers in Alice in Wonderland. The animated version, not Tim Burton’s.

alice flowers

guide-san
Our tour guide. He had a great Scottish accent – distinctly Scottish, but not so heavy that you can’t understand him. And he was funny too.

statue
Random statue. Actually, no. There was a reason I took a photo of this but now I can’t remember whyyyy. Argh.

kitchen
In the kitchens…

boar head
Pig’s head for dinner?

random
Uhm. I just like the colours. HAHA.

renovation
There was a board that talked about some of the renovations that were going on. And they made that image thingy in such a way that if you looked at it from one side, you see the “before” picture of a room in the main palace, but if you looked at it from the other side, you see what it’ll look like when it’s done.

random
Random…

wait
I’ve put this up before, I think. But I’ll put it up again because I really like this photo.

chapel royal
Chapel Royal from the outside.

tapestry
One of the recreated tapestries hung inside the Chapel. They’re remaking a series of 7 tapestries (based off a set that’s in a museum somewhere in the US) to replace the tapestries that should have been there. That was the really cool thing about Stirling for me: you could go into one of the smaller buildings and watch the weavers at work recreating the tapestries. Couldn’t take photos in there, but it was so fascinating to watch! I think I just stood there for 10 minutes and watched them work. Each tapestry takes years to complete!

close-up
Close-up of tapestry.

tapestry
Another finished tapestry.

tapestry
And another.

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Last one!

tapestries
Four tapestries, finished and up on the walls of the chapel. Three more in the works…

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The Chapel Royal.

painting
Close-up of part of the painting on the wall of the chapel.

roof
Roof of.. er… the Great Hall?

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The ornaments on the roof.

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Inside the Great Hall. Those weird bluish grey screens are there for some local theatre performance there later that night.

And I end this with a couple of random views:

from the outside

view
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3 Comments

  1. Aah,thanks.

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  3. snowwie: Link updated! :D

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