Posts tagged ‘Olympus’

Castle Doune

The once mighty fortress of Doune Castle, a few miles north of Stirling, was the stronghold of Robert Stewart, the 1st Duke of Albany, and younger brother of King Robert III. Robert was both physically infirm and politically weak and as a result Albany became governor and effective ruler of Scotland from 1386 to his death in 1420.

In recent years the castle has been used extensively as a film and TV set, most notably in productions such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Game of Thrones and Outlander.

Doune Castle, Stirling, Scotland, UKDoune Castle, Stirling, Scotland, UK

Doune Castle, Stirling, Scotland, UK

Doune Castle, Stirling, Scotland, UK

Doune Castle, Stirling, Scotland, UK

Doune Castle, Stirling, Scotland, UK

Doune Castle, Stirling, Scotland, UK

Doune Castle, Stirling, Scotland, UK

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

The Wallace Monument

Opened in 1869 to honour William Wallace (popularised by Mel Gibson in the film “Braveheart”) The National Wallace Monument stands on the outcrop of rock known as Abbey Craig. It overlooks the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge where Wallace defeated an English army in 1297.

Inside, the monument contains exhibitions to William Wallace himself (including his mighty two-handed sword); the Battle of Stirling Bridge and the Hall of Heroes with it’s sculptures and stained glass depicting other famous Scots including Robert the Bruce amongst others.

The Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland, UK

The Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland, UK

The Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland, UK

The Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland, UK

The Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland, UK

The Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland, UK

The Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland, UK

The Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland, UK

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

The Kelpies

The Kelpies near Falkirk are huge 100ft tall metal sculptures created by Scottish artist Andy Scott. Named after the equine water spirits of ancient Scottish myth (but modelled on two beautiful Clydesdale horses) they rise majestically above the Forth and Clyde Canal and pay homage to the areas industrial and working past.

I’ve wanted to see these for ages, and they lived up to all my expectations:

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

 

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

Scone Palace

Scone Palace, on the outskirts of Perth, holds an important place in Scotland’s long and proud history. Fifteen hundred years ago it was the capital of the Picts, and for much of the intervening period it was home to the Stone of Destiny and the crowning place of Scottish kings, including Macbeth and most famously Robert the Bruce.

Most of what you see today is the work of the Murray family who rose to become the Earls of Mansfield from 1776 to the present day.

For the shot below the sun came out to play, which unfortunately was a bit of a rare occurance during our week long stay visiting Perth and Stirling in May this year.

Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland, UK

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

St Peter’s Basilica

The original church built on the site where St Peter is supposed to be buried, dates back to AD349 during the reign of the Emperor Constantine, Rome’s first Christian Emperor. However the church we see today (easily the richest and most spectacular Church I’ve ever visited….and I’ve seen a few) was largely built during the 16th and 17th centuries. 

If the Sistine Chapel was a bit of a disappointment – see previous post – St Peter’s Basilica made up for this in spades. It is quite simply magnificent. Although, like the Vatican Museums, it attarcts a lot of tourists, because it is so vast you never really feel crammed-in and that certainly helps to create a positive impression.

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

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