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

Date walked: 29/07/2013

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 3km

Ascent: 150m

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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Lenore


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Location: the Netherlands
Occupation: teacher
Interests: Walking and cycling.
Activity: Walker
Place: Kintail and Torridon
Gear: Icebreaker undies
Ideal day out: A ridge, a light scramble, some wild animals, a bit of sun, and a good chat at the end of it.

Munros: 13
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 1
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2013

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Distance: 147 km
Ascent: 6200m
Corbetts: 1
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2012

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Distance: 158.5 km
Ascent: 8643m
Munros: 8
Corbetts: 2

2011

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Distance: 12 km
Ascent: 200m

2010

Trips: 5
Distance: 37.5 km
Ascent: 620m

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Distance: 3 km
Ascent: 100m

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Distance: 157 km
Ascent: 700m


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