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Hotels & Travel
The conference excursion and dinner will be via the famous Edinburgh Bridges where we
will stop to view the Edinburgh Suspension Road Bridge and the Forth Railway Bridge,
before continuing our journey to
Stirling Castle. On arrival DSN delegates will have exclusive access to the castle
and royal apartments. Dinner will be held in the Great Hall.
Stirling Castle is one of the grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive
architecture. It towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotlandís past
including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallaceís victory over the English in
1297, and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe in the summer of 1314.
The castle became a strategic military key to the kingdom during the 13th and 14th
century Wars of Independence and was the favourite royal residence of many of the Stuart
Monarchs. Many important events from Scotlandís past took place at Stirling Castle,
including the violent murder of the eighth Earl of Douglas by James II in 1452. The
castle also played an important role in the life of Mary Queen of Scots. She spend her
childhood in the castle and Maryís coronation took place in the Chapel Royal in 1543.