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National Wallace MonumentA national landmark, Stirling's Wallace Monument was erected by public subscription and first opened its doors in 1869. Commemorating Sir William Wallace, Scotland's greatest freedom fighter, this impressive Gothic tower stands 220 feet high overlooking the site of Wallace's greatest victory, the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
If you're not a keen walker, a regular shuttle bus goes to the top of Abbey Craig and the Wallace Monument. However, there's no getting around the 246 steps which will take you to the top for one of the best views in Scotland. On a clear day, you'll be able to see The Trossachs and Ben Lomond in the west and over Stirling to the Pentland Hills in the east.
Although you can access Abbey Craig and see the outside of the Wallace Monument for free, it's worth entering to see Wallace's famous double-handed broadsword. You'll also learn more of the real William Wallace and his nationalistic struggle to free Scotland from its English oppressors. In the "Hall of Heroes" you'll see other famous Scots including Billy Connolly, Sean Connery, Sir Alexander Fleming, Sir Walter Scott, David Livingston, Robert Burns and Robert the Bruce.
Address: Abbey Craig,Hillfoots Road
Postcode: FK9 5LF
Town/city or near: Stirling