Head to the Wallace Monument in Stirling for a unique event: Scotland’s National Hero. The event occurs between 6th April and 28th September, when visitors can watch a vibrant presentation by a costumed actor outside the monument, providing entertaining insight into the life of Sir William Wallace. Discover the man behind the legend – who he was, where he came from and what he did – and find out how he came to lead an army in Scotland’s fight for freedom from oppression.
Presentations take place at: 11:15am, 12pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm and 4pm.
Five Facts About William Wallace
#1 – His sword was almost as tall as Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson, who played William Wallace in the film Braveheart, stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall, while Wallace’s actual sword was said to be a whopping 5 feet 4 inches tall!
#2 – He was captured in the north of Glasgow
Wallace was captured in Robroyston, Glasgow, in August 1305. According to legend, William Wallace enjoyed his last drink as a free man from a well in the town – a town thought to be named after Rab Rae as a reward for his help in the capture of Wallace. Many areas in the town have been named after this famous event, including Wallacewell Road, Wallace Well Farm and Wallacewell primary School.
#3 – Robert the Bruce was really a hero
On release of Braveheart in 1995, there was much uproar over its depiction of Robert the Bruce as a traitor who turns Wallace over to the English. In reality, he was a much-loved warrior – and later King of Scots – and is to this day considered to be a national hero, much like Wallace himself.
#4 – Nobody knows if he was really married
Although Braveheart depicts Wallace secretly marrying a local woman and killing the English in revenge for her murder, it is actually not known for sure whether he was married or had any children. However, his killing of the Sheriff of Lanark in 1297 is purported to have been revenge for the death of his wife, Marion Braidfute.
#5 – He has been described as a ‘giant’
Although no original portraits exist of William Wallace, a few descriptions tell of his physical appearance. He was described as being very tall, ‘with the body of a giant’, ‘big-shouldered and big-boned’. Not quite Mel Gibson, then?
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The hotel has become the go-to hotspot for lovers of the TV series, Outlander. The show has sparked global interest in Scots heritage and history, with people travelling from all over to visit the areas where the show is set and filmed. In the first season of the show, Doune Castle near Dunblane was a pivotal setting, while in the second season Drummond Castle Gardens will serve as the Palace of Versaille. If Scotland's National Hero event has got you feeling all historical, why not visit Doune Castle and Drummond Castle while you're here? DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro is a comfortable and picturesque place to lay your head while you're on your adventures in the local area.