Out­law King The 10 most in­ter­est­ing bat­tle sites in Scot­land to visit

The Herald Magazine - - 12 - ALEX BURNS

1. BAT­TLE OF BAN­NOCK­BURN GLAS­GOW ROAD, WHINS OF MIL­TON, STIRLING, STIR­LING­SHIRE

ACURIOUS mix of eerie and emo­tional, bat­tle­fields are un­de­ni­ably in­ter­est­ing places. Scot­land is not short of bloody his­tory, as the film Out­law King shows – with 40 sites of vi­o­lent clashes across the coun­try be­ing of­fi­cially recog­nised in Scot­land’s In­ven­tory of His­toric Bat­tle­fields. By all means ex­plore all of them, but if you have a lit­tle less time on your hands we have rounded up the 10 must-see.

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Un­doubt­edly one of the coun­try’s most fa­mous bat­tles, Robert the Bruce’s meet­ing with the English at Ban­nock­burn saw one of the most sig­nif­i­cant Scot­tish vic­to­ries in the Wars of In­de­pen­dence. The Bruce led his army against Eng­land’s King Ed­ward II to try to break their siege at Stirling Cas­tle and ended up in­flict­ing a cat­a­strophic de­feat that cul­mi­nated in the Dec­la­ra­tion of Ar­broath and Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence. De­spite be­ing such a sig­nif­i­cant bat­tle, it has left few last­ing traces, so the fo­cus of the Ban­nock­burn ex­pe­ri­ence is a state-of-the-art vis­i­tor cen­tre. Fea­tur­ing fully im­mer­sive 3D tech­nol­ogy, it brings the fighting to life by let­ting vis­i­tors take com­mand of their own vir­tual bat­tle­field, in­ter­act with soldiers on ei­ther side and wit­ness Bruce’s de­ci­sive vic­tory against the odds.

2. GLEN­COE MAS­SACRE MON­U­MENT, UP­PER CARNOCH, GLEN­COE VILLAGE

Glen­coe is one of the most stir­ring places in Scot­land, with the spec­tac­u­lar still­ness of the hills hav­ing an un­de­ni­able ef­fect on vis­i­tors. Yet even more mov­ing is the his­tory be­hind the land­scape, when 38 mem­bers of Clan Mac­Don­ald were killed by gov­ern­ment forces. In 1692 the MacDon­alds were shot down and burned in their houses for fail­ing to be prompt in swear­ing their al­le­giance to the monarch, and to mark their

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