As every Scot knows, Bannockburn was where King Robert the Bruce led Scottish forces to victory over a much larger English force led by Edward II in 1314. Moviegoers may remember the decisive battle from the end of the film Braveheart.
This event, so critical to the development of Scottish national identity, is now marked by an imposing equestrian statue of Robert, from where you can survey the surrounding countryside. There is also a more modern monument at the spot where soldiers camped on the eve of the battle. The Bannockburn Heritage Centre explains the historical importance of this conflict amidst the long, fraught relations between Scotland and the “Sassenachs” to the south.
The village of Bannockburn now lies within the city of Stirling, easily accessible by train from either Glasgow or Edinburgh.
Tours & Tickets
Prepare yourself for medieval warfare at the interactive Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre. Enter the center using your ticket and turn the clock back 700 ... Read more
Location: Stirling, United Kingdom
See a bit of everything on this 8-hour private tour. Start with a short stop in the Georgian city center of Glasgow before heading to Stirling Castle, ... Read more
Location: Greenock, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)