Stirling Castle, located in Stirling, is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sillgeological formation. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Its strategic location, guarding what was, until the 1890s, the farthest downstream crossing of the River Forth, has made it an important fortification from the earliest times.
Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A few structures of the fourteenth century remain, while the outer defences fronting the town date from the early eighteenth century.
Before the union with England, Stirling Castle was also one of the most used of the many Scottish royal residences, very much a palace as well as a fortress. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542, and others were born or died there.
There have been at least eight sieges of Stirling Castle, including several during the Wars of Scottish Independence, with the last being in 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take the castle. Stirling Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and is now a tourist attraction managed by Historic Environment Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of
the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock.
Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at
least the Iron Age (2nd century AD), although the nature of the early
settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle on the rock since
at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued
to be a royal residence until 1633. From the 15th century the castle's
residential role declined, and by the 17th century it was principally used
as military barracks with a large garrison. Its importance as a part of
Scotland's national heritage was recognised increasingly from the early
19th century onwards, and various restoration programmes have been
carried out over the past century and a half. As one of the most important
strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in
many historical conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the
14th century to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Research undertaken in 2014
identified 26 sieges in its 1100-year-old history, giving it a claim to having
been "the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked
in the world".Few of the present buildings pre-date the Lang Siege of the
16th century, when the medieval defences were largely destroyed by
artillery bombardment. The most notable exceptions are St Margaret's
Chapel from the early 12th century, which is regarded as the oldest building
in Edinburgh, the Royal Palace and the early-16th-century Great Hall,
although the interiors have been much altered from the mid-Victorian period onwards. The castle also houses the Scottish regalia, known as the Honours of Scotland and is the site of the Scottish National War Memorial and the National War Museum of Scotland. The British Army is still responsible for some parts of the castle, although its presence is now largely ceremonial and administrative. Some of the castle buildings house regimental museums which contribute to its presentation as a tourist attraction. The castle, in the care of Historic Scotland, is Scotland's most-visited paid tourist attraction, with over 1.4 million visitors in 2013, and over 70% of of leisure visitors to Edinburgh visiting the castle. As the backdrop to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo during the annual Edinburgh International Festival the castle has become a recognisable symbol of Edinburgh and of Scotland.







Loch Ness (/ˌlɒx ˈnɛs/; Scottish Gaelic: Loch Nis [l̪ˠɔx ˈniʃ]) is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 kilometres (23 miles) southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 16 metres (52 feet) above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for alleged sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as "Nessie". It is connected at the southern end by the River Oich and a section of the Caledonian Canal to Loch Oich. At the northern end there is the Bona Narrows which opens out into Loch Dochfour, which feeds the River Ness and a further section of canal to Inverness. It is one of a series of interconnected, murky bodies of water in Scotland; its water visibility is exceptionally low due to a high peat content in the surrounding soil.
Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 56 km2 (22 sq mi) after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume in the British Isles. Its deepest point is 230 m (126 fathoms; 755 ft),[2][3] making it the second deepest loch in Scotland after Loch Morar. A 2016 survey claimed to have discovered a crevice that pushed the depth to 271 m (889 ft) but further research determined it to be a sonar anomaly.[4] It contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined,[3] and is the largest body of water in the Great Glen, which runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south.

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