Walk: Abbey Craig - William Wallace wander
|[View over northern Stirling towards the West Highlands]|
If you're visiting Stirling's famous Wallace Monument, take an extra hour or so to explore Abbey Craig, the hill on which it stands. This rocky mound directly overlooks the neck of land in between meanders of the River Forth to the south, where Sir William Wallace and his Scottish army overwhelmed English forces as they piled across an old timber bridge over the tidal river. Behind is Stirling Castle atop its own rocky mound, with the West Highlands providing a distant backdrop to the city's northern suburbs. To the east the Ochil Hills are even nearer, but views in this direction are partially blocked by trees - the top of the monument is a better bet. Paths are steep in places, so you can probably justify a snack afterwards in the monument visitor centre's cafe.
|[Good woodland paths criss-cross the hill]|
Name: Walk: Abbey Craig - William Wallace wander ★★★☆☆
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 170 metres
Main summits: Abbey Craig (111 metres)
Points of interest: National Wallace Monument
Start / finish: National Wallace Monument car park, B998 just north of the A9 junction, 3 miles north of Stirling centre, G.R.: NS 808958 / cuddling garden universe
Route: Car park & visitor centre Wallace Monument - edge of woodland near Craigmill via top of southern escarpment - Ochil viewpoint via north side of hill - start
Terrain: Wide paths, but steep in places and cliff edges nearby.
Wildlife today: Small woodland birds.
Weather today: Clouds scudding across blue skies and a strong westerly wind.
Anything else? If also visiting the monument interior, buy tickets from the visitor centre at the start first.
>> see separate post for National Wallace Monument ★★★☆☆
|[River Forth with Stirling Castle and city behind]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands