~~~~~~~A weekend getaway~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~Stirling, Scotland~~~~~~~
June 15-17, 2007
15 Jun 07
on our way north...a sign that makes me happy...getting closer!
15 Jun 07
happy flowers on left, angry clouds above, comforting mountains on the right  : )

Connor & Josh pose at the welcome break

the elusive William...LOL!
16 Jun 07
breakfast in the great room of Hillview Cottage B&B
16 Jun 07
a morning visitor

front flowerbed at B&B

a Stirling intersection

we loved the old architecture

statue of King Robert the Bruce
<-- engraving at base of statue...The Battle of Bannockburn...exactly 675 yrs before our wedding day

one of the troops at Stirling Castle

William bringing my umbrella through the castle gate

exploring the gardens & museum areas

It was a special occasion...a celebration of the Queen's birthday...

...complete with gun salute and a cheer-->

the views were amazing, this one from Elphstone Tower

and this one looking down on the Nether Bailey

everyone enjoyed exploring all the nooks, crannies...

...and walking along the ancient walls

there were minstrels in the Great Hall...

...and a gargantuan fireplace!

pretty garden gates   : )

funny boys havin' fun with a funny sign

my guys with Braveheart statue

steep path up to the Wallace Monument

whew!  almost there!!

Wallace statue on the monument

Stirling Castle from the deck of the Wallace Monument

storming the walls!  : )
17 Jun 07
on our way home...Welcome Break beauty

We stopped at Gretna Green on the way home...it's the first/last town in Scotland along our route...and has a history of lovers running there to get married.

<--the wedding anvil
my heart was not happy to be leaving Scotland....but the poppies along the route put a smile back on my face  : )
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