Wallace Monument - A Reminder of the Past
The unfailing beauty which seeps through the gothic architecture makes up this astounding monument dedicated to immortalizing the memory of Sir William Wallace a hero to the Scottish people. This magnificent building which sits 220 feet or 67m high came into existence in 1869 on the former site of the ancient Pictish hill fort in the time of nationalism that was far-reaching through Europe. The Wallace Monument lies two miles north from the city of Stirling.
On the 11 September 1297 this site was beholden to a sight of patriotic beliefs, the desire for freedom, peace which was needed from the oppression and cruelty delivered by King Edward ‘Long shanks’ the first of England and felt so immensely by the Scottish people as a whole. This in turn created the strong desire in Sir William Wallace to gain loyalty from the people, uniting the clans to fight against this warring King and so from this hill the legendary Wallace and his men took on the English and defeated them in an unprecedented victory.
The Wallace monument also the pays tribute to the many great Scottish statesmen, explorers, inventors and writers of times passed and so it would not be uncanny to come across such names as Robert the Bruce, David Livingstone and Robert Burns to name a few as you walk through the Hall of Scottish Heroes. The eerie silence can be felt as you bask in the rich history and the gamely views to the north which harbor the Ochil, Dumyat. To the West lie the famous and benevolent Trossachs and Loch Lomond. Going south, subjugated by the castle, lies the significant city of Stirling and lastly East brings you across the picturesque Forth Valley.
Transport to the William Wallace Monument in the summer months is mainly serviced by Stirling tour buses which are available at the Pavilion visitor’s centre which is situated by the car park and can be recognized by their green and cream colouring. The tour buses run between the monument and Stirling Castle at thirty minutes intervals. For those who are visiting the William Wallace Monument and arrive in their own transport you will be required to leave your cars at the base of the Abbey Craig where you can with care descend to the bottom of the Wallace monument.
The times of opening during the day are based on the favorability of the weather and so weather allowing the times of opening are as so: from January/February its open from 10:30am in the morning till 16:00pm, March till May from 10 am till 17:00pm, June from 10:00am till 18:00pm, July/August from 09:30am till 17:00pm, October from 10:00am till 17:00pm and November/December from 10:30am till 16:00pm. The Wallace Monument is unfortunately closed the 25th, 26th of December and the 1st of January but with the entrancing nature of time unfolding the visions and purposes that brought this to the fold it will carry on through this magnificent monument to Sir William Wallace.