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.
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.
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!
Make memories not excuses!