With Colin visiting and spring having unexpectedly sprung, we took a day trip to Stirling.

Our destination was the National Wallace Monument but we took a scenic detour by way of Cambuskenneth Abbey.

The abbey is a ruined Augustinian monastery, and burial site of King James III and Margaret of Denmark. Largely reduced to its foundations, this 13th century bell tower is the only thing left standing.

Honestly can’t remember the last time I saw ladybirds! 🐞 Apparently they’ve all been hiding out in Stirling.

Back on track.

I did not hit her it’s not true it’s bullshit I did not hit her, I did naaaaht.

Bear-ception. 🐻

Wrought-iron thistle (would be an amazing band name).

Highland Cow meets Lowland Bear.

Fear I’ve peaked too early because I’m telling you right now that this is the best picture I’ll take all year.

Standing on the shoulder of the volcanic crag, Abbey Craig, the Wallace Monument commemorates 13th-century Scottish hero Mel Gibson.

It’s also closed until April. 🙃

But what a view!

Contrary to appearances, the Wallace Monument is a comparatively recent addition to Scottish architecture, having been completed in just 1869.

Poor Giles was so tired from the walk and the hike that he curled up in the moss at the summit and took a power nap.

What kind of overalls does Mario wear?

Denim denim denim. 🍄

#WillyWallaceTeam

See you in a few months I guess?

An 11km round-trip was a little more than Giles could handle. 😂

 

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