Sunset at Castle Law

From Dunblane, head up the Glen Road for nearly a mile, turning left up the Sheriffmuir Road and all the way until you see a large layby on the right. Cross the stile and walk uphill for a mile or so – following the sighs to Dumyat.

Following the visit to the Wallace Stone in the last post, we returned along the road back towards civilisation and decided to stop at the little known Iron Age hillfort of Castle Law.

After a fairly steepish climb, we (well I) noticed a standing stone a hundred feet or so above the path. A quick detour discovered that it appeared to be part of an Iron Age enclosure – it was huge!

I had one eye on the sun and wanted to get to the hillfort to watch the sunset, I thought it would be a good place to see it. Leaving the others, I hurried on through a bog and up the hill just as the sun was setting – the views were amazing!

How many people have actually watched a golden sunset over the Scottish Highlands from an iron Age hillfort. Just totally memorable.

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The Wallace Stone

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Getting There

From Dunblane, head up the Glen Road for nearly a mile, turning left up the Sheriffmuir Road and all the way on till you reach the pub near the T-junction another couple of miles on. Go past the pub for a quarter of a mile, then head onto the moors. The stone can be seen a hundred yards in front of you.

I am not one for big Hollywood Blockbusters, although some are quite good. But I must admit that I did like Braveheart with Mel Gibson. I know that historically it is a bit ‘dodgy’, but it is a good romp and despite me being ‘English’ (well Canadian) I was rooting for the Scots!

I happened to find myself in ‘Braveheart country’ this week, on one of my many trips to see my mate Paul who lives in a little village near Stirling in the highlands. Paul thought that I may be interested in the ‘Wallace Stone’, reportedly the mustering place of William Wallace and his army in 1297 prior to the battle of Stirlng bridge. There are even several marks on the stone and legend says that Wallace used this stone for sharpening his sword!

The stone is in an amazing location, miles from anywhere with the magnificent backdrop of the Ochill mountains behind. Our ancestors certainly must have appreciated the location – it is simply superb!

This is one of 5 stannding stones which were originally in a straight line, although the others are on their side now and can be difficult to find when the heather is deep. We visited the others, but this one took my eye.

There are some ‘cup and ring’ carvings nearby, and a lost stone circle which we didn’t find – but I was happy with the Wallace stone. And if you close your eyes and let your imagination run free, you can almost see William Wallace and his army meeting here some seven hundred years ago before going to battle in the valley far below. And if you REALLY let your imagination run free, you can see Wallace sharpening his great sword across this superb standing stone!

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