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Stirling, Scotland: A Treasure Trove of Hidden History with Beth Reid

Stirling, Scotland: A Treasure Trove of Hidden History with Beth Reid


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Of all of Scotland’s cities and towns, there are perhaps none with quite so dramatic a history as the city of Stirling. Situated to the north of central Scotland, Stirling was once the capital and royal heart of the Kingdom of the Scots. Its position between the north and the south of the kingdom and at the lowest crossing point of the mighty River Forth has resulted in it being the subject of extraordinary contention over the centuries. Ferocious battles and political standoffs for control of Stirling mark its importance; whoever held Stirling, held Scotland. 

Stirling’s incredible historical significance can be seen through the countless historic gems left behind from the passage of time. From the Renaissance glory of Stirling Castle and the sacred tranquillity of Cambuskenneth Abbey and the Church of the Holy Rude, to the violence of the Beheading Stone on Mote Hill and the rage of the battlefields of Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge, this lecture will explore some of Stirling’s most evocative remnants of its past. We will cover Stirling’s lesser known gems, such as Mar’s Wark, the King’s Knot and Bannockburn House, and travel into wider Stirlingshire to delve into the histories of Dunblane Cathedral and Doune Castle. There is no shortage of drama and intrigue in Stirling’s history, and where better to begin than by exploring the locations that witnessed it all?

Beth Reid was born and raised in Scotland, initially living near Glasgow before moving north to Stirling. She achieved both a BA in Scottish History and an MRes in Historical Research from the University of Stirling, with her postgraduate research focusing on the lives and careers of noblewomen in fourteenth-century Scotland. In addition to teaching Scottish history for Arcadia (Scotland) University’s summer programme, Beth is writing her first book for Pen & Sword Books, titled ‘Women in the Scottish Wars of Independence.' Beth shares her passion for Scotland and Scottish history through content creation and writing. She manages a popular Instagram page (@historywithbeth) and partners with various organisations to promote Scottish history and travel, including Context Travel.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Tara Gurber (Chicago, US)
Outstanding Presentation

Ms Reid gave a great presentation. So interesting. Very well organized. Based on the presentation , I would love to visit Stirling.

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Daniel Charlesworth (Dunblane, GB)
Great insight into Stirling and it’s history

A really insightful and very well presented lecture on Stirling, it’s history and some of the hidden gems contained within the city. The history provided in the lecture was really interesting and provides a whole new dynamic when I plan to visit these sites in the near future. A city that has been at the forefront of some of Scotland’s most defining events really deserves a visit and thanks to Beth and Context travel for enlightening myself to that.

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Anne Reid (Glasgow, GB)

An excellent talk , very interesting and informative. Bethany is an accomplished lecturer who inspires one to visit these places

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Lisa Songster (Rohnert Park, US)
Valuable Historical Background Before Travel To Stirling

It truly was a treasure trove - An old building is just a building until you know what happened in it. Beth is a wonderful presenter who gave us so much valuable information.

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Karen Ekman-Baur (Ehningen, DE)
Surveying Stirling

Beth Reid presented a lively and captivating overview of the historic appeal of Stirling, Scotland, an often overlooked site which definitely deserves an in-depth visit.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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(7)
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Tara Gurber (Chicago, US)
Outstanding Presentation

Ms Reid gave a great presentation. So interesting. Very well organized. Based on the presentation , I would love to visit Stirling.

D
Daniel Charlesworth (Dunblane, GB)
Great insight into Stirling and it’s history

A really insightful and very well presented lecture on Stirling, it’s history and some of the hidden gems contained within the city. The history provided in the lecture was really interesting and provides a whole new dynamic when I plan to visit these sites in the near future. A city that has been at the forefront of some of Scotland’s most defining events really deserves a visit and thanks to Beth and Context travel for enlightening myself to that.

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Anne Reid (Glasgow, GB)

An excellent talk , very interesting and informative. Bethany is an accomplished lecturer who inspires one to visit these places

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Lisa Songster (Rohnert Park, US)
Valuable Historical Background Before Travel To Stirling

It truly was a treasure trove - An old building is just a building until you know what happened in it. Beth is a wonderful presenter who gave us so much valuable information.

Reviewer avatar
Karen Ekman-Baur (Ehningen, DE)
Surveying Stirling

Beth Reid presented a lively and captivating overview of the historic appeal of Stirling, Scotland, an often overlooked site which definitely deserves an in-depth visit.