The University of Stirling, a public university, was established in 1967. It is located in Stirling, Scotland and comprises of nearly 9,440 students. The University is academically organized into 19 departments which are accounting and finance, applied social science, aquaculture, biological and environmental sciences, computing science and mathematics, economics, education, English, film and media studies, history, languages, culture and religion, law, management, marketing, nursing and midwifery, philosophy, politics, psychology and sports studies.
Alloa Tower, the largest surviving keep in Scotland, dates from the 14th century. It was home to successive generations of the Earls of Mar, who played host to and were guardians of many Scots monarchs. Here, Mary, Queen of Scots was reconciled with Darnley and granted the 5th Lord Erskine the much-coveted earldom in 1565. One tradition holds that Mary's infant son, later James VI and I, died here and was replaced by the baby son of the Earl of Mar. The Tower has seen six major alterations, the most dramatic being the sweeping Italianate staircase and dome added in the early 1700s by the 6th Earl of Mar. But it still retains original medieval features such as the dungeon, first-floor well and magnificent roof timbers.
Stirling Castle, located in Stirling, is one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Its strategic location, guarding what was, until the 1890s, the farthest downstream crossing of the River Forth, has made it an important fortification from the earliest times. Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A few structures of the fourteenth century remain, while the outer defences fronting the town date from the early eighteenth century. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542. There have been at least eight sieges of Stirling Castle, including several during the Wars of Scottish Independence, with the last being in 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take the castle. Stirling Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and is now a tourist attraction managed by Historic Scotland.
This quality parkland course provides an enjoyable and testing challenge for golfers of all abilities. Designed by Major Cecil Hutchison, the Amateur Champion, and the Open Champion, James Braid, it's lush fairways and manicured greens, together with wonderful views in all directions, ensure a golfing experience not quickly forgotten.The clubhouse has a range of facilities that may be used by both members and guests. Whether individuals or groups, visitors are made very welcome at the club. Tee times are available at many different times during the week, and may be booked through the professional, R.M. Jamieson.
Built for the Regent Albany, Doune Castle is a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle. Its most striking feature is the 100ft high gatehouse which includes the splendid Lord's Hall with its musicians' gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen. Highlights include:The views from the battlements – looking down on the fast-flowing River Teith and out towards the Menteith Hills and Ben Lomond.The cathedral-like great hall – one of the best preserved in Scotland.The kitchen and servery – conjure up images of how great banquets were prepared.The newly opened nature trail in the groundsDoune Castle is open all year round.
Completed in 1869 after eight years' construction, the 220 foot high Wallace Monument sits on the Abbey Craig two miles north of the city of Stirling itself.It is believed that it was from this hilltop that, in 1297, William Wallace watched the English army approach across Stirling Bridge (which also lends its name to the battle itself).The monument is certainly high and a steep climb in places, but is worth it to see the view from the top on a clear day. A shuttle bus operates from the car park to take you to the entrance of the munument itself. Please note that there is limited access to the tower for people with disabilities.Wallace Monument is open all year round.
Stirling Old Town Jail stands at the heart of the city's historic quarter. If the outside was forbidding and grim, then it didn't get any better inside.The Victorian reformers practised what they preached - which wasn't exactly comforting for the poor inmates. 'Coarse food;a dress of shame;hard, incessant, irksome labour;a planned and regulated and unrelenting exclusion of happiness and comfort' was their prescription for the unfortunate souls detained within these walls.Nowadays The Old Town Jail is the perfect starting point for exploring the oldest part of the city.Stirling Old Town Jail is open all year round.
The Battle of Bannockburn was one of the greatest and most important pitched battles ever fought in the British Isles. It was a key event in both English and Scottish history, had very real medium and long-term effects and was a turning point in the history of the British Isles. Bannockburn was the key battle in what are now known as the Scottish wars of Independence;battles fought by the Scots against successive acquisitive English Kings and between rival claimants from the kingship of Scotland.Bannockburn can rightly be claimed the most famous battle to be fought and won by the Scots in Scotland, but it is widely acknowledged as more than that. The name is now synonymous in the Scottish psyche with ideas of liberty, freedom, independence, patriotism, heroism, perseverance and triumph against overwhelming odds.The Heritage Centre provides a wealth of information about the history of the site, and the battlefield itself lies just beyond the walls.The centre is open from March to October, but the grounds are open all year round.
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