I have no idea why, but castles have never really appealed to me. But when you're in Scotland, visiting one is right up there with having a whiskey in a pub or a can of Irn-Bru at a chip shop.
I've been to Edinburgh Castle, but not inside it as the lines were long and those who were waiting were not being sheltered from the rain. My Father-in-Law was willing to drive us a short distance and he recommended Stirling Castle.
It's a fine castle. Well preserved and a great introduction of life in the 16th century. The history of the place is a soap opera and you can read about some of it here.
Yes, there were cannons.
But there were also places for archers to fire out of.
The views were outstanding.
We did not but I think I'd recommended taking a guided tour so you get a bit more detail from the experience. There are also some docents disguised and historical reenactors on site that are fun.
Do not pay attention to that guy though, he don't know shit.
There are a lot of carvings in the museum and on the sides of the castle walls, as it was James IV's way to establish himself as sovereign.
You can spend a long time looking at those.
There's a lot of history in the town, and it's where my wife went to college. I really enjoyed going here and wish there was more time to explore.