Woke to a beautiful day in Scotland at Comrie Coft Campground. Temperature was about 57 degrees. Sunny with some clouds. No wind. We could not wait to get some coffee at the tea garden. It would not disappoint! We both ordered a cappuccino with chocolate and caramel sprinkled on top. It was delicious! We sat outside and I wrapped myself in a sheep’s skin and boy was it warm! What a great way to start the day. Well, besides a warm shower.

After our cappuccino we headed to Dunblane where we found Dunblane Cathedral. It was built between the 11th to15th century. It contains the graves of Margaret Drummond of Stobhall, a mistress of King James IV of Scotland and her two sThe Cathedral was once the seat of the bishops of Dunblane (also sometimes called ‘of Strathearn’), until the abolition of bishops after the Scottish Reformation.

There are the remains of the vaults of the episcopal palace to the south of the cathedral. Technically, it is no longer a cathedral, as there are no bishops in Scotland. It contains the graves of Margaret Drummond of Stobhall, a mistress of King James IV of Scotland and her two sisters, all said to have been poisoned all said to have been poisoned.

A couple doors down from the church is the Leighton Library. The oldest purpose built library in Scotland and also has a well-documented history as one of the earliest public subscription libraries in Scotland. Its collection of around 4000 volumes and 78 manuscripts from the 16th to 19th century is founded on the personal collection of Robert Leighton (1611–1684), Minister at Newbattle, Principal of Edinburgh University, Bishop of Dunblane and Archbishop of Glasgow. Robert Leighton’s personal collection consisted of 1,400 books and the Leighton Library was built to host the books which had been left to Dunblane Cathedral.

What to do next? We kept driving around headed towards Edinburgh. We saw the sign for the William Wallace Monument and had planned on seeing the tower when we first got to Scotland. Somehow we kept getting turned around and couldn’t find our way. Well this time we found it!!!!! Wow! What a magnificent looking structure! It sits a top of a very steep hill. Along the path there are beautiful, some whimsical, carvings done by Ian Chalmers. Some of the cravings are history related as well. Once you reach the tower the view is something you will never forget! It overlooks the entire city of Stirling.

It commemorates Sir William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish hero. It was completed in 1869 to the designs of architect John Thomas Rochead at a cost of £18,000,[4] the monument is a 67-metre (220 ft) sandstone tower, built in the Victorian Gothic style. The tower stands on the Abbey Craig, a volcanic crag above Cambuskenneth Abbey, from which Wallace was said to have watched the gathering of the army of King Edward I of England, just before the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. Sir William Wallace born c. 1270, died 23 August 1305 and was a Scottish knight who became one of the main leaders during the First War of Scottish Independence. Wallace defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297. In August 1305, Wallace was captured in Robroyston, near Glasgow, and handed over to King Edward I of England, who had him hanged, drawn and quartered for high treason and crimes against English civilians.
After that history lesson we needed to find our next spot to lay our head. We came across Witches Craig Caravan. Very nice place, clean with a laundry room, kitchen area, and showers. Now we were ready for some grub!!! We pitched our tent and headed into the town of Stirling. By this time it was about 7:00pm or so and found most cafes, restaurants, and stores to be closed. It was fun looking around.

We did find a pizza place called Express Pizza. Wow! The pizza was amazing!! We ordered their Barbacoa. Smoky, spicy and full-flavoured: pulled Barbacoa beef, spicy chipotle salsa, garlic oil, mozzarella, and tomato, finished with fresh tomato, red onions and fresh coriander on a Romana base. Very very thin crust and served with a bottle of olive oil with several gloves of garlic mixed in. So much for having a winding down day. What fun we had! Back to the tent with full bellies and good memories!

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