If I had to choose an alternative place to live in Scotland, then Stirling would be my choice of destination.
Visited Stirling Castle in the past but never ventured beyond the battlement walls so it was only a matter of time before finding a reason to go back to the " Gateway of the Highlands " says the travel to guide.
Museums in Scotland were born out of the Second World War, offering an insight into the cultural and historical heritage of the past.
This year the museum features a commemorative look over the Battle of Bannockburn, a bloody time when Scotland met England in armed conflict.
Seven hundred years on is a long time to remember anything and no doubt there will be those who make reference to the significance of the Scottish Referendum in September of this year with its political approach to change rather than the armoured ordeal back then, but that aside it is not just a fascinating period in our countries history but also in Europe where millions died so tragically through famine.
The Medieval Warm Period was about to end, temperatures dropped, fuelling a Little Ice Age up until 1850, although experts are inclined to disagree about the start and end dates of this five hundred year cold spell, unless of course you work for NASA, but the black death reduced the numbers of scots from just under a million to about half a million over the next one hundred and seventy five years.
Given that last summer of 2013 was the warmest for ages,I am inclined to celebrate the anniversary of the Better Weather campaign more than anything else, and with some excellent German beer sold in Stirling, here's hoping for a late Indian summer to enjoy the moment whatever the referendum outcome throws at us.
Finally, the museum has an excellent café but have yet to install a phone line which means cash only sales for the time being but no real concerns as there is nothing on the menu that will break the bank. cheers.
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