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Hi there!

I asked in the Scotland forum if we should be staying in Edinburgh or Stirling and got some very good feedback.

We are definately on a Braveheart pilgrimage, and would love to see the monument and any other sites near by. We're also interested in the Doune Castle where they filmed Monty Python! :-) Not to mention the country side looks beautiful.

A couple of questions if you don't mind...

First the logistics... we're not planning to hire a car because of nervousness of opposite roadside driving, so we're planning to use public transport and for short distances taxis. Would we be able to get to the places mentioned above easily that way?

Also, we'd be coming into Stirling from Aviemore probably in the afternoon via coach or rail, but need to be in Edinburgh to catch an afternoon plane to Dublin. We'd also like to spend one full day in Edinbugh to see the sites there and maybe catch one of the ghost tours. We're really only going to have three nights in the area, so I'm trying to figure out if it's too much back and forth. Maybe we should plan on Stirling for two nights (Wed. Thurs) and go to Edinburgh on Friday then stay overnight there for our flight the next day? Hmmm...

Also, I know this may sound touristy, but do you know of any Braveheart "tours" that we can check out? Are there any Wallace social groups that meet? In Stirling is it more appropriate to refer to him as William Wallace? Do the locals not like "Braveheart" because of the hollywood movie or any other thing I should be aware of so we don't get hit with a haggi? ;-)

Thank you so much in advance! We cant wait!!!

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Me again! What a lovely dilemna to have.

If you stay in Stirling, you can take the open top bus tour (closed in downstairs) which will give you the opportunity to tour round and see all the main sights. The bus has a commentary by headphones. The bus will take you to the Castle, the Wallace Monument and so on. It takes about two hours if you do it all at once, but the beauty of it is that you can get on and off wherever you like. Once you have seen everything you want, you just get on the next bus.

Doune Castle is in the village of Doune (funnily enough) which is about 8 miles from Stirling. There are no trains, but the bus service which stops at Doune (Stirling to Callander) runs every hour. Even if you wanted to take a taxi, which can be cost effective if there are two or more of you, would be about £20 each way.

You could stay in a really nice B&B in Stirling have a good breakfast and spend part of the next day on local activities.

You could get the train to Edinburgh late afternoon/evening the next day (they run regularly every half hour, and the journey takes only one hour). That would give you two days in Edinburgh which probably makes more sense, and means you are already there for your flight.

Braveheart is just a Hollywood term from the film of the same name, but it has been adopted locally. William Wallace is the man himself!

How does that sound?


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