Scotland part one - Glasgow and Stirling   

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We stayed one night at Jury's hotel in Glasgow, alongside the River Clyde. The following day was a 'bank holiday' Monday, when apparently almost no one works.  In the morning we took a few hours to get breakfast and explore the City on foot.

Then we drove to Stirling, about 30 miles away. 

River Clyde from 10th floor hotel room next to the main train station view to southwest of city pedestrian bridge
    thin, angular northern latitude light learning a new currency few work on a bank holiday
      global commerce symbol
    along the Clyde art in unaffordable to rehab places    

In Stirling we walked up the steep hill to the National Wallace Monument.  The Scottish put a lot of importance on the Wallace story, which had an unfortunate ending, in 1305.  Put simply, Wm. Wallace and his enemy King Edward I of England lived in a time of brutal violence and warfare.            

Wallace Monument   Wallace the story  
  he had to be 6 ft 6 inches tall to use this sword the actual sword Robert Burns song about Wallace Scottish poet Burns only lived to 37
  hall of famous Scotsmen  view of Stirling Stirling Castle & the River Forth
Stirling Castle at dusk old church & grave yard near the Castle Wallace Monument from Stirling Castle

The Wallace Monument in Sterling is a must-see historic site in Scotland, and the Legendary Hero story still resonates with the Scots. 

The Monument looks like a lantern at night, against the deep blue but barren Ochil Hills, and there's a sad story here which surpasses the Wallace legend. 

Those hills once were filled with people, living a sparse but rich Highlands' culture, who had lived that way, like a hunter-gatherer plus animal herding society for a millennia, developing unique music, dress, and customs.  It was mainly a Gaelic speaking culture. 

The defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his united Highlands' Clans at the Battle of Culloden, in 1745, lead to British-mandated 'Clearances' starting in the  1750s.  Highlanders were encouraged to migrate away and become kelp farmers, along the western shores, or to try fishing. 

Scottish Highland culture was forced out of existence, because Clan villages throughout the Highlands had become economically destitute and the gov't. could not support the people. Since the late 1700s, the people are gone, and those blue hills have instead been filled with sheep.

And thus, the Scottish Highlands world of William Wallace's time vanished entirely, long ago.   

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