Sunday, November 9, 2014

Day 4 - The Train to Stirling

Day 4 started with packing what we needed for the trip onward.  Then a short taxi ride to catch the Train to Stirling.

The Train to Stirling on ScotRail took less than an hour stopping in a half dozen small communities along the way.

We arrived early afternoon and were welcomed by the rains of Scotland. A short taxi ride took us to our accommodation, the Portcullis, owned by our wonderful hosts, Lynn and Jim Walker.

The Portcullis enjoys many years of tradition. It is located right beside Stirling Castle Esplanade at "The Top of the Town"  Built in 1787, its original purpose in life was to serve the community as a school for boys.  It stands on the site of the previous school, which was demolished when larger premises were required.  Indeed within the former building, King James VI of Scotland was educated - more than five centuries ago.

When the school again required larger premises and moved further down the road, the building was used by the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders as a Military Store when the Army was based at Stirling Castle. In subsequent years after the army left the Castle, the property became a Hotel and that is how it remains today.

With the rain being what it was we decided to enjoy the pub, it's patrons, a discussion of the referendum, etc... We never moved for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

Oh, we did go outside to catch the night air and get this pic.

Needless to say, we sleep like the proverbial lambs that night, oh well, many adventures ahead tomorrow.

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