Our last full day in Scotland began with a visit to the Falkirk Wheel. It’s an interesting alternative solution to the problem of getting a boat from one elevation to another and a clever feat of engineering. You can see a short time-lapse of it operating as well as a more in-depth look at how it works (neither video is ours).
From there we went on to Stirling Castle. The Scots sure know how to pick their building sites for their castles. Stirling Castle is perched on a high hill of solid rock with cliffs on three sides and commanding views of the area that stretch for miles.
Not far from the castle was our final sight, the National Wallace Monument. In the Victorian era there was a resurgence of Scottish national identity and this monument was built to commemorate the Guardian of Scotland, William Wallace. It’s 246 steps to the top with a few exhibit stops along the way. We were exhausted when we reached the top, but we were rewarded with the most extraordinary views. With an early morning flight the next day, we had no trouble falling asleep that night.
Scotland has a fascinating history, friendly people and stunning natural beauty. We will certainly return.