Heavy Metal at the Engine Shed

The Engine Shed is Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre, based in Stirling. Run by Historic Environment Scotland, it serves as a central hub for building and conservation professionals and the general public. Scotland’s historic built environment is a finite and unique resource, yet its care calls for conservation skills that are in short supply. This…

Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park

Across the river from Perth City Centre is the Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park. A haven for walkers and cyclists. In 1991 Kinnoull Hill became the first dedicated Woodland Park in Scotland. There are four marked walking trails in the Woodland Park taking you up through the woods to the summit. The climb from the Corsie…

The Battle of Stirling Bridge

History After the Battle of Dunbar (1296), in which King Edward I had sent his commander, the Earl of Surrey, north in answer to a refusal by the Scottish King John Balliol to support his wars in France, the Scottish commanders Andrew Moray and William Wallace had succeeded in bringing under their control the vast…

The Haunted POW Camp

Last night we enjoyed a tour around the Cultybraggan Camp just outside the village of Comrie, formerly used as a World War Two Prisoner of War camp. The Nissan huts used as lodgings and officers quarters were later re-purposed for British Army cadets so many of the buildings dating back 70 years remain remarkably intact.…

Explore Stirling App

I recently attended the launch of a new app for visitors to the city of Stirling. The “Explore Stirling” app is designed by Whereverly in partnership with Stirling Council and Your Stirling. The main purpose of the app is to help visitors of Stirling find points of interest and suggest great walks that will take…

The Saltire

The Saltire is the recognized flag of Scotland. It can be seen flying at many castles and government buildings. The flag is also used to represent Scotland at sporting events. This flag, also known as the St. Andrew’s Cross, is the flag of the patron saint of Scotland (the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath confirms Andrew…