"Alba gu brath", Gaelic, meaning Scotland Forever. The first War of Scottish Independence was won at the Battle of Banockburn, fought June 23-24 1314 on the meadow below the volcanic cliff on which Stirling Castle is built. Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, 1306-1329, led the victory over the English forces. "It is in the truth not for glory, nor riches we are fighting, for that alone which no honest man gives up, but with life itself," Robert the Bruce. Stirling Castle was the castle that held the control of the Highlands, built in 1110. Today it's grandeur still reigns over Scotland with an incredibly beautiful restoration with costumed guides to retell the story of the castle and the Scottish spirit of freedom. A majestic and glorious site!