NS7894 : Stirling Castle - 1981

taken 37 years ago, near to Stirling, Great Britain

Stirling Castle - 1981
Stirling Castle - 1981
Stirling Castle, seen from Drip Road (long distance shot).
Stirling Castle, is one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Its strategic location, guarding what was, until the 1890s, the farthest downstream crossing of the River Forth, has made it an important fortification from the earliest times. Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A few structures of the fourteenth century remain, while the outer defences fronting the town date from the early eighteenth century. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1543. There have been at least eight sieges of Stirling Castle, including several during the Wars of Scottish Independence, with the last being in 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take the castle. Stirling Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and is now a tourist attraction managed by Historic Scotland.
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NS7894, 116 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
August 1981   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 10 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 7895 9414 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:7.4757N 3:56.9306W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 78355 94940
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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