The accumulation of another twenty stars on the fridge (rewards for doing as they are told promptly, being kind and helpful etc), it was time to choose another treat. Sometimes they get a new book, sometimes a toy, and sometimes a trip out. This time it was a trip to Stirling Castle - the centre of the Scottish Universe back in the 16th Century.
As well as exploring the rooms, looking out over the battlements and generally roaming around, I was delighted to discover a change since my last visit - the Vaults. These were originally used for storage, but have now been turned into an interactive space for younger visitors. There's a musicians vault, where you can try out some musical instruments, and hear the type of music that would have been part of the castle day. The Jester's vault, the Painter's Vault... and best of all the Tailor's Vault, where you get to try on Stewart Dynasty costumes! How gorgeous do my two look with their outfits on over the top of their big coats!?
The hour that we spent on this visit is really not enough, as there is so much to see. We'll be going back again soon so that we can explore a bit more. Preferably in the warmer months so that we can spend a bit more time outdoors!