|Where:||Bannockburn Heritage Centre at Stirling, on Glasgow Road|
|When:||Saturday nearest 24th June|
|Time:||2 pm parade to Borestone at Visitor Centre|
24th June 1314 was the day upon which Robert the Bruce won his historic victory over the numerically vastly superior forces of Edward II of England at the Battle of Bannockburn near Stirling. Legend has it that whilst Bruce was on the run some time earlier, he watched a spider who persevered in building its web despite failing six times….on the seventh attempt the web was sucessfully spun which encouraged Bruce to “try, try and try again”, leading eventually to his win at Bannockburn and independence for Scotland. To commemorate the event and to remember the brave of both nations, a march to the battle memorial takes place each year where wreaths are laid at the Borestone. Also expect political speeches, some on the theme of independence for Scotland.
The wreath laying usually takes place on the Saturday nearest the anniversary – 2014 was the septcentenary of the battle so there were several additional events to mark the occasion including a battle re-enactment (this is where my photos came from rather than the regular event, though that does usually include talks and living history).
In 2017 the wreath laying will take place on Saturday June 24th.
Battlefield Guided walks also take place on the day – see link for details.
The visitor centre is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland and is open daily all year (see website for times & prices). The battlefield itself and its monuments are open free of charge.
Click here for the Visitor Centre website : http://battleofbannockburn.com
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