Scot­land’s brave­heart

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Who could for­get that won­der­ful movie Brave­heart about Wil­liam Wal­lace, who de­feated King Ed­ward’s army at the Bat­tle of Stir­ling in 1297. Sir Wil­liam Wal­lace is Scot­land’s na­tional hero, and visi­tors can learn about his heroic an­tics at the Na­tional Wal­lace Mo­mu­ment lo­cated at the sum­mit of Abbey Craig, a hill­top near Stir­ling. Just a 40-minute drive north of Glas­gow, the mon­u­ment cel­e­brates the life of Wal­lace, with three ex­hi­bi­tion gal­leries in the tower. In the Hall of Arms visi­tors will learn about the early years of Wal­lace and what hap­pened fol­low­ing the vic­tory of the Bat­tle of Stir­ling. The Hall of Heroes is where the fa­mous Wal­lace Sword sits, a pow­er­ful sym­bol of his courage and skill. It mea­sures 1.67 me­tres, and weighs ap­prox­i­mately three kilo­grams. The sword was brought to the

Mon­u­ment in 1888 from its his­toric rest­ing place in Dum­bar­ton Cas­tle. The Hall of Heroes also has a dis­play of me­dieval ar­mour and weaponry used by both armies as well as 15 busts of other Scot­tish heroes. Walk up to the Crown at the top of the tower for one of the finest views in Scot­land, from Ben Lomond and the Trossachs in the West, through the Forth Val­ley past the city of Stir­ling and the Ochil Hills to the Pent­land Hills in the East. na­tion­al­wal­lace­mon­u­ment.com

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