Gargoyles on Royal Palace, Stirling Castle, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe.
Gargoyles on the Royal Palace, within Stirling Castle, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe. The Royal Palace was childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots. The palace's lavish design drew on European Renaissance fashions to show off James V's power and good taste. Once the capital of Scotland, Stirling controlled a strategic position (until the 1890s) as the lowest bridging point of the River Forth before it broadens towards the Firth of Forth, making it the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. One of the principal royal strongholds of the Kingdom of Scotland, Stirling was created a royal burgh by King David I in 1130. Most of the stronghold's main buildings date from the 1400s and 1500s, when it peaked in importance. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots in 1542, and others were born or died there. Stirling Castle has suffered at least eight sieges, including several during the Wars of Scottish Independence, with the last being in 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take the castle.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download