The view from the top of the tower made every one of the 246 steps worthwhile. Mr Heron gave the students a short history lesson on the Battle of Stirling Bridge, pointing out the location of the battle and explaining the tactics of William Wallace and Andrew de Moray which led to their famous victory.
After a stop for lunch it was on to the impressive Bannockburn visitor centre where 3d glasses were donned to view a variety of images recreating key events in the battle. We were given the chance to rewrite history by taking charge of divisions of two virtual armies fighting over the same terrain as the 1314 conflict. Some key decisions by the commanders led to a different outcome from that 700 years ago. We followed our virtual battle by heading to the armour and weapons exhibit where we tried out swords, axes, clubs and chain mail. Mr Heron and Mr Milne did look more than a little alarmed at this prospect!
Finally, before returning to the minibus for the homeward journey, we headed out to the field of the actual conflict and gathered beneath the statue of Robert the Bruce.