We had the day in Stirling today. Left the girls attacking John on the couch and mum and I went with Russell and Gerry to Stirling Castle. We had a 45 minute guided tour through the chapel, the great hall and the kings palace. Then we wandered through the Queens Chambers, saw the Stirling heads, kitchens and tapestry weaving.
The Stirling heads are carved wooden disks with the head and shoulders of kings, queens and nobel men and women. They were originally fixed to the roof of the Kings Palace but the weight caused it to collapse in 1777. There are replicas on the roof now.
We met John and the girls for lunch at a cob and co. type restaurant for lunch but it had a mini chipmunks in the middle of it for the kids. They also had TVs at every table with cartoons for the kids.
Next we headed to battlefield of Bannockburn. The have just celebrated 700 years since the battle so had a flash new visitors centre. They gave you 3D glasses and there were lots of 3D screens showing the battle. If you stood in the middle you felt like ducking as the arrows came shooting past you!
Then you got a chance to recreate the battle. We were put into 2 teams - the English and the Scottish of course - then had to give orders for our long bowmen, Calvary etc. Our battle was over in one day but the Scots still won! He then showed you on the game table how the actual battle played out. Very clever computer simulation.