After visiting the Grand Battery with all its cannons, we walked all along the Wall-walk and enjoyed the amazing views. The Wall-walk was built or improved upon in the early 1700s because of the 1708 Jacobite Rising. Below it lies the River Forth and the town of Stirling.
|Looking back at the Grand Battery and out over Stirling from the Wall-Walk|
|The Nether Bailey|
Though we didn’t have time to visit it, we looked down onto the Nether Bailey, a row of stone buildings built a safe distance from the castle to store gunpowder. These were built around 1810 to the north of the castle and also contained a guard house. Three of the magazines are surrounded by a high wall and covered by parabolic vaults in case of explosion. This area was probably also part of the enclosed early earthwork castle. Experts think the Nether Bailey, before the construction of the powder magazine, was likely part of the service area of the castle, containing stables, stores, workshops and royal dog kennels. There is evidence of two small gates that may have led down from the castle to this area, but these would not have been the main entrances to this bailey. These gates were probably blocked in 1689. Today, the Nether Bailey also houses the tapestry studio where replicas of the unicorn tapestries are being woven. These tapestries are displayed in the Queen’s Inner Hall.
|This appeared to be a little guard room along the Wall-walk, though I could find no info on it.|
|Fantastic views down from the Wall-walk|
Above, you can see the King’s Knot, laid out in the 1620s, as part of the formal pleasure grounds in a field far below.
|Looking straight down the outside of the curtain wall from the Wall-walk|
|Douglas Gardens and sundial.|
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|The King's Old Building next to Douglas Gardens|
|Douglas Gardens with the Wall-walk and curtain wall behind.|