Beheading Stone


According to legend, this lump of stone was used as a chopping block for executions during the 15th century. It is displayed beneath a canopy of iron bars on a plinth on Mote Hill overlooking Stirling Bridge, and can be reached via the Back Walk footpath from Lower Bridge St.

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