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“Horrible History Hill”
Review of Gowan Hill

Gowan Hill
Stirling, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
82 attraction reviews
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“Horrible History Hill”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Have been up this hill many times from childhood to adulthood. As a child I loved the fact that there was a "beheading" stone on the hill. I have carried this tradition on to my own family and friends who love the story about the stone. Nice wee hill to climb on a sunny day for a short trip

Visited July 2014
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Stirling, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
84 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“History with a View”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Lying in the shadow of Stirling Castle with stunning views of Forth Valley, the River Forth and the Wallace National Monument on all sides it would be easy to enjoy the walk up from the town centre or down from the castle esplanade and not even notice the history of the hill itself. Complementing the views a combination of wildflowers and managed beds make the moderate climb worth it but spend a bit of time here to discover more.

Most obvious are the two cannon and the beheading stone sitting proudly at the viewpoint facing the Old Town Bridge across the river and the likely site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge; although that bridge is long since gone.

Further round the hill lies the remains of the Mote Hill fort. It's hard to see with the naked eye but you can get a feel for how it must have felt living here and defending a small scrap of territory with a view across the valley to spot threats before they got too close.

Probably hardest to find of all is the "Roman Stone" lying part way down the hillside and off the beaten track; from the bench overlooking the motorway head along the worn path to your right and look for the flat topped rock down to your left at the lowest point of the path before it climbs steeply into the bushes again. It's only an 17th century forgery of Roman Latin script but that still makes it hundreds of years old and perhaps gives an insight into local exploitation of the antiquities experts of the time; including local Christian Maclagan who surveyed this site and was one of the world's first female archaeologists.

For those with such an interest there is also an entrance to the Ballengeich Cemetery at the south side of the hill.

http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/132466/details/stirling+gowan+hill/

http://www.privatehousestays.com/l/Attractions/Gowan-Hill--Beheading-Stone

http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/46206/details/stirling+mote+hill/

http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/46114/details/stirling+gowan+hill/

Visited February 2014
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