This Victorian-era shrine to William Wallace (circa 1270–1305), the Scottish freedom fighter reborn as "Braveheart" in Mel Gibson's film of the same name, was built between 1856 and 1869. It was near Old Stirling Bridge that Wallace, with his ragged army of Scots, won a major victory in 1297. A less
flamboyant version of Wallace's life is told in an exhibition and audiovisual presentation in this pencil-thin museum on the Abbey Craig. Up close, it becomes less
slim and soaring, revealing a substantial square tower with a creepy spiral stairway. To reach the monument, follow the Bridge of Allan signs (A9) northward, crossing the River Forth by the New Bridge of 1832, next to the old one. The National Wallace Monument is signposted at the next traffic circle.