Although it has now been a few weeks since my daughter and I have returned from Scotland, the posting of these photos brings me right back to the day I was standing here.
The trip was more than a holiday...it was meant to fill a space in my heart that connects to my ancestors. And, it did just that....
The next few photos are some of the details on the outside of the monument tower.
The Wallace shield embellished with the knotted rope. Atop the shield is the Scottish Thistle.
Sir William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland
The monument, designed by architect J D Rochead, was built in the Scottish Baronial Style.
The knotted rope, again, around the windows...
If you click on the photo, you can see Stirling Castle, on a distant hill.
Here is the beginning of the winding steps that lead to the overlook. All I wanted to see was the first level where Wallace's sword is displayed. When I made the first turn on the narrow stone steps, I knew I could probably make it. It was the return trip down that worried me. One slip and my holiday would be over.
In the gift shop, I spied a tee-shirt that said... "I've climbed the 246 steps".
In the end, I photographed the shirt and tweaked it with my computer...
now you know,
the rest of the story !!