We began the day at Waverly Station. This is the view, as we took the elevator down to the bowels of the station.
Once I teased him about how it would have been so much easier and cheaper to have left me stateside, instead of hauling me all the way to Scotland to be done with me, we settled down and enjoyed the ride.
We spent at least an hour roaming around the palace. Actually, I sat in the courtyard and wrote in my journal after exploring about 1/4 of it. Husband went through the entire thing, reading every informative plaque he could find. I glance at plaques for the highlights, and prefer to experience the buildings with all of my senses instead.
Once back on the train, we headed to Stirling. I think they said that Stirling was the most sieged castle, changing hands a dozen times, back and forth between English and Scottish control. Eventually James VI of Scotland also became James 1 of England, the first Scot to sit on the British throne. He was the son of Mary Queen of Scots. Stirling became a showplace under his rule, however once he became the King of England, he only returned to Scotland once.
This is the approach to Stirling Castle. It was about a 20 minute walk up the hill from the train station. It's the uphill that makes it take 20 minutes, not the distance.
This altar was set up inside the chapel. The cloth was appliqued, beaded, and embroidered.
And I think that with that, I will end this installment. One thing I loved were the cobblestone streets, which were found in almost every place we went. It's hard to imagine roads that never need repair. Maybe we should have cobblestone highways in CA? Or not. I just really, really loved looking at them.
And with that, I'll end this. Hope I haven't bored you to tears!!