Mr Monkey trotted over across a bridge, waved Mr Rik's English Heritage card at the Historic Scotland people, and ran off to explore Stirling Castle. There's been a castle of some sort here since 1115, it was fought over several times in the Wars of Independence, turned into a royal residence by James IV, then into a palace by James V, captured by an English parliamentary army in 1651, not captured by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746, and turned into a barracks in the nineteenth century.
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