The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Northern England and Southern Scotland in 1841

Stirling Castle

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Aug. 10. - Stirling. We devoted this day to seeing the Castle, Messrs. Drummond's Agricultural Museum, the King's Knot, supposed to be the gardens of James II., the Bowling Green, and some other places. There are many curious architectural remains in the castle, which, owing to some misunderstanding between the governor and the keeper, we had great difficulty in seeing. There never appears to have been any good taste in the architecture; for the proportions of the members are clumsy, and the sculpture and statuary incorrect and unpoetical imitations. The view of the Forth from the castle is reckoned one of the finest things of the kind in the world; but at the time we saw it it was low water, and we could not detect the windings of the river.