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Stirling Castle

Although one might argue that there really isn’t anything more important to see in Scotland than all the distilleries (and I would agree with that argument), we did go see Stirling Castle on our way back towards England last summer. You have to include some history in your tour of Scotland if you spend over a week driving around; well then again the distilleries do have a lot of history, so I wouldn’t hold it against anyone if they focused just on them.

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Stirling Castle is set on top of a steep hill; the placement obviously been given a lot of thought, making the fortress easily defensible. The key location has helped to make it the most important castle in the Scottish history; and with stormy clouds gathering over it, it was an impressive sight.

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Now I actually had a point for this post, as I went to a see MacBeth as an opera yesterday, set in the 20th century Scotland; played in a city theater in the middle of Finland, sang of course in Italian with Finnish subtitles shown by a machine at the top of the stage. Reason for this high culture being my sister, who was part of the play. But this did put me in a mood for some Scottish whisky and Scottish scenery.

So I had to dig up my photos from Scotland and especially the ones about Stirling Castle.

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It was a very good tour around the castle, given by a Scottish tour guide who really was living the part and scaring the children with his stories about the bloody history of the castle. Would recommend dropping by if you are in the neighborhood.

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