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Unexpected spectacular skies from... Stirling Castle hill?!

Unexpected spectacular skies from... Stirling Castle hill?!


Postby Lenore » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:26 am

Date walked: 29/07/2013

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 3 km

Ascent: 150m

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After two weeks on Skye it was time to head back to Glasgow to fly home. I had a bit of time, so decided to stop for a night or two in Stirling on my way. I arrived early evening and despite the threat of rain went out for an evening stroll up castle hill. I entered the grounds of Holy Rud castle and wandered around the old kirk yard for a while (there are signs up not to enter between the graves as they have proven very unstable, so I stuck to the lanes). All was quiet. A soft glow at the top of the hill drew me further up towards the castle, where I found the car park in front of the castle all but deserted. As I climbed the battlement left of the castle moat, my breath caught at the view that spread out in front of me. What lucky timing! Dark clouds playing with soft sunlight across the fields below.

Only a short stroll, but it brought joy to my heart! I hope you will enjoy the pictures below as well.

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

Wallace Monument and the Ochills behind:

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

Robert the Bruce standing sentry:

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

The sun's rays reflecting on a light shower in the glen:

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

In comes some more ominous weather:

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

And the black clouds once again give way to blue skies:

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

Looking down on one of the many battle fields around Stirling:

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

The old kirk yard:

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr

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Stirling Castle Hill by Eleonora F, on Flickr
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Re: Unexpected spectacular skies from... Stirling Castle hil

Postby Mountainlove » Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:44 pm

Oh wow great photos...love the dramatic shots of the sky. Specially the old kirk and the monument :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Unexpected spectacular skies from... Stirling Castle hil

Postby magicdin » Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:50 pm

Great photos right enough :D

Wonder what some of these views will be like when the pylons come marching over the hill ? :(
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Re: Unexpected spectacular skies from... Stirling Castle hil

Postby Lenore » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:05 pm

magicdin wrote:Great photos right enough :D

Wonder what some of these views will be like when the pylons come marching over the hill ? :(


Thanks magicdin! They would not go over Dumyat and neighbors, would they? :?

RTC, yes I know it's Dumyat, but only due to the info on top of the Wallace Monument :lol: :crazy: Had heard the name before but didn't know it was right there. Considered going up, but my legs were too tired after two weeks walking :wink:

Thanks Mountainlove!!
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Re: Unexpected spectacular skies from... Stirling Castle hil

Postby soulminer » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:10 pm

I like a nice dramatic sky-scape, some fine ones in there 8) Cheers.
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Re: Unexpected spectacular skies from... Stirling Castle hil

Postby litljortindan » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:18 pm

The sky is so much better with a bit of cloud. That is indeed a dramatic looking sky.
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Re: Unexpected spectacular skies from... Stirling Castle hil

Postby Sarah86 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:43 am

Very dramatic skies, you do get great views all round from there and it is a really interesting area full of history.
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Re: Unexpected spectacular skies from... Stirling Castle hil

Postby RicKamila » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:16 pm

Lovely photos. We need to explore this region properly.
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Re: Unexpected spectacular skies from... Stirling Castle hil

Postby ChrisW » Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:42 pm

wow, beautiful pics Lenore, glad you shared them. The shot of the old kirk yard is a real cracker :clap:
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