So, todays little competition. Can you name this hill ?
|D'ya know what it is yet ?
Ok. Here's another clue. About half way up, the Ranger Service has set up a viewpoint with indicator
|Which bit of "viewpoint" did they not understand ?
Getting near the summit now - deep inside the "death zone"
|Come on, surely.......
OK. You're chappin. Here it is
Or perhaps this makes it easier
Or perhaps this view is more familiar
Yup. It's The National Wallace Monument atop the lofty Abbey Craig, one of the line of basaltic intrusions which stretches across the Carse of Stirling. The Craig itself is about 360 ft high and the monument adds another 220 feet. I considered going in, but first phoned TLOTH to check if our lottery numbers had come up. She answered in the negative so I gave it a bodyswerve. £7.50 - that will be shining.
The monument, of course is in memory of William Wallace who led a tiny force of blue-painted Scots to victory over a massive army of the perfidious, arrogant, malodorous English at the battle of Sirling Bridge.They, however, being notoriously bad losers, put him to death in a manner which cannot be described on a family blog.
|Bridge of Allan with snowcapped Ben Ledi
|One of the Links of Forth with the castle in the background
|Looking to BenLomond and Ben Venue
Distance ; Some kilometres (Some multiplied by five eighths miles).
Height gained ; Nil. (I was 5'11 when started, and the same when I got back)
Toe status: Still there.