Bannockburn Battlefield

Bannockburn, United Kingdom

The Battle of Bannockburn (24 June 1314) was a significant Scottish victory in the First War of Scottish Independence, and a landmark in Scottish history. Stirling Castle, a Scots royal fortress, occupied by the English, was under siege by the Scottish army. The English king, Edward II, assembled a formidable force to relieve it. This attempt failed, and his army was defeated in a pitched battle by a smaller army commanded by the King of Scots, Robert the Bruce. The defeat of the English opened up the north of England to Scottish raids and allowed the Scottish invasion of Ireland. These finally led to the Treaty of Edinburgh–Northampton. It was not until 1332 that the Second War of Scottish Independence began with the Battle of Dupplin Moor, followed by the Battle of Halidon Hill (1333) which were won by the English.

In 1932 the Bannockburn Preservation Committee, under Edward Bruce, 10th Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, presented lands to the National Trust for Scotland. Further lands were purchased in 1960 and 1965 to facilitate visitor access. A modern monument stands in a field above the battle site, where the warring parties are believed to have camped on the night before the battle. The monument consists of two hemicircular walls depicting the opposing parties. Nearby stands the 1960s statue of Bruce by Pilkington Jackson. The monument, and the associated visitor centre, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area.

The National Trust for Scotland operates the Bannockburn Visitor Centre.

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    Ian Whittaker (2 years ago)
    Just passing by and used the cafe. It was was a very light and pleasant space with a mix of seating and I had a good value £4.50 haggis, neeps and tatties. Didn't go into the "immersive experience" but if you just want a snack and a pleasant stretch of your legs to the viewpoint then it's highly recommended. Only a mile or so from the motorway junction and on the way to Stirling Castle from the south.
    Mark Ryan (2 years ago)
    Brilliant experience with a passionate guide who conducted the tour. He made the whole tour interesting for both kids and adults. The war game was great fun with the guide leading the game like he was commentating on his favourite team. Great fun overall.
    Chris B (2 years ago)
    An innovative way to explain a historical event which will definitely help school kids understand an important battle in the history of Scotland. I was a little sceptical after the first section where the use of 3D graphics kind of works to explain the weapons of the era and the troops. The best bit is the explanation and chance to act as generals in the battle with the large map. Visualising the battle made it much easier to understand and see why the outcome was as it was. The cafe on site was also good, recommend the roll and square sausage. Definitely worth a visit if you're in Stirling for something different, especially if the weather is not great when you're there
    Conlin McCloud (3 years ago)
    The 3D battle reanactment is a must! Really good graphics with in depth history. Our guide (Kirk, I think) was really enthusiastic and delivered information exceptionally well. The interactive battle room was great fun, a great way to get involved and learn at the same time. Loved every minute of it.
    Melissa McGrorey (3 years ago)
    Loved this! Great monuments, grounds and views at this site. My son had great fun wander around. Would be a perfect place to picnic in the warm weather. We also went inside and got the chance to try some calligraphy writing for free and where given a free book mark with our names drawn in amazing calligraphy at the end
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