Scotland is full of history, and today we experienced part of it. We started the day with a trip to Bothwell Castle, Scotland’s largest 13th century castle. The origins of the castle are from Walter of Moray, who acquired Bothwell in 1242. The castle was built as a display of feudal pride and is considered the grandest piece of secular architecture from the middle ages. This castle is a few minutes down the road from relatives who lives in Uddingston.
From there we went to check out Stirling Castle, the symbol of Scottish independence and pride. The castle changed ownership eight times between 1296 and 1342, known as the Wars of Independence. It started with Edward I of England invading Scotland and ended when his grandson Edward III was driven out. The castle is full of stories about celebrations, love, murders and Scotland’s first recorded attempt at flight in 1507 (it didn’t end well). It was here we learned that the Unicorn is the national animal of Scotland and purple represents royalty as they were the only ones allowed to wear that colour.
Finally we made it to the Wallace Monument just before it went dark (dark by 4pm here). Sir William Wallace is a Scottish hero who challenged King Edward I for peace and freedom uniting the country’s clans at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.