No doubt the purists may say that the Mamma Mia Italian restaurant is not quite in Stirling’s Top of the Town but it’s close enough for me – especially when I’m hoofing it up that hill past the Tolbooth and Portcullis to the castle.
and never one to pass up a tipple – my lady Helen —
across the road is the original Stirling Royal Infirmary – now a hotel – specialising in weddings and events —
It was a spur of the moment decision to come here for lunch a few days ago but on reflection it was a good one in many ways. Both weather and food were good and this visit brought back memories long forgotten.
Just up the street are many historic sites – amongst them the Tolbooth where – as a young man still to make my way in the world I risked life and limb training in the gym with some of the TV wrestlers from that period. A few steps further took us to the Portcullis Hotel where as a headstrong twenty year old I jacked up the slated roof and reinforced it with steel beams after the building contractor charged with converting the building from a barrack block for the Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders into a restaurant – knocked down one wall too many – leaving the whole roof sagging in a perilous state of near collapse. No worries – the roof looked OK to me on this visit – apart from the ugly dormer windows that have been installed since.
All the way up to the top of the hill and it’s Stirling Castle – fine as ever although the main hall exterior walls are a different colour to what they were when I trained in the castle gym as an open side wing forward with Stirling County Rugby Club.
Exploring the Back Walk beneath the castle ramparts was left for another day but I did manage a hike round much of the interesting cemetery next to the castle where many of the notables with Stirling connections are buried —
and ‘No’ – I’m pretty sure I don’t qualify for that honour —