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Stirling Loch Lomond, Scotland As We Travel Europe

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Published on Dec 10, 2011

http://www.aswetravel.com/stirling-lo... - Stirling Loch Lomond, Scotland As We Travel Europe

We spent the last few days in Fort William, went mountain biking, took an amazing cruise, and saw some beautiful nature. Right now, we’re sitting on a train going to Glasgow. Apparently it’s one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. Tomorrow, we’re going to go to Stirling and learn more about the Scottish history. It’s beautiful out there. It was all designed to try and break Bruce’s spirit, but it didn’t. He continued in his quest, capturing castle after castle, ‘til finally in 1313, there was just one great castle left in all in the hands of the English: Stirling. Stirling, right in the middle of the country. You know, the castle there’s the strongest in the land, very similar to Edinburgh, built on top an exist volcano. The only way to capture it was a long siege, to campout, surround the castle, and wait ‘til the soldiers and men inside ran out of food and supplies, and starve them out.

We’re at the Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles of Scottish history. And just like the Edinburgh Castle, it’s perched on top of an extinct volcano, with the most amazing view. When the French Queen, Mary of Guise, lived here about 500 years ago, apparently not a day went by without playing some music, so I’ll play this French dance called Pavane for you. Beautiful, huh? Wonderful Scottish weather. [laughing] It’s not that I can’t see the view because of the clouds, but because of my own hair. It’s pretty incredible, during a time when the people in the towns couldn’t even afford shoes, the Queen and King wore these kind of outfits. It’s just amazing. This banquet hall was the largest most elegant banquet hall in the whole of Scotland. It seats over 500 people. The most extravagant meal they had here they brought in a whole rigged up ship, just to serve the fish meal. That’s kind of crazy.
So, this is the Queen’s bed chamber, but apparently this estate bed was just symbolic. She was actually sleeping in another bed in the other room. So, did people ever come into this bed chamber? Or how was it symbolic? Did guests come here and—Yes, exactly. Guests were to come in, only important guests she would’ve let into this bed chamber, for instance she would’ve met them here, and her servants would’ve slept in here too. Her servants would’ve slept in here too. Yes that’s right, they would’ve helped her dress in the morning and things like that. We’re in Loch Lomond, a lake in the Highland. We’ve just seen a beautiful waterfall, I think it’s a perfect way to end our time here in Scotland.

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