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National Wallace Monument

Two miles northeast of the town of Stirling, near the University and Bridge of Allan, is the Wallace Monument, an impressive Victorian Gothic tribute to Sir William Wallace, hero of the successful but hugely inaccurate film, Braveheart.

Wallace was knighted by Robert the Bruce for his famous victory at Stirling Bridge, but following defeat later at Falkirk he went off to Europe in search of support for the Scottish cause. During his absence he was betrayed by the Scots nobles and on his return found guilty of treason and cruelly hanged, drawn and quartered in London.

Inside the monument are various exhibits including a Hall of Scottish Heroes and Wallace's mighty two-handed sword (5 ft 4 in long – about the same height as the actor who played him in the film). There are fantastic views from the top of the 220-ft tower – if you can manage the climb up its 246-step staircase. There's a shuttle bus which runs from the foot of the hill up to the tower every 15 minutes. An open-topped tour bus runs to the monument from Stirling Castle every half hour. And did you know - a new statue to Wallace located in the car park was decapitated by locals because it bore too strong a resemblance to Mel Gibson...

Travel Directions to National Wallace Monument

The National Wallace Monument is located just outside Stirling - and is signposted from the City Centre, from Bridge of Allan, and from the M80, M9, and A91.

The Monument is served by regular local bus services.

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