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I think you should just go for it.
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This is your friendly reminder not to miss out on an opportunity, either because it’s scary or because your past is encouraging you not to pursue your future.
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Few know that the tiny hamlet of Torwood, found on a back road between Stirling and Larbert, was once an area of significance. To look at it now you wouldn’t know. If you watched my story on Saturday you will have seen that I visited the remains of a 2,000 year-old broch that can be found in the woods here, but the area has significance throughout the Middle Ages too. Torwood was home to the Royal Forest from the 1100s onwards. Not only did this forest supply oaks for Scotland’s wooden ships (yes, we had a navy once!), it was also a food supply. The most famous of all the trees in the forest is a hollow one, known as ‘Wallace’s oak’, where Sir William Wallace was said to have hidden after losing the battle of Falkirk in 1298, and the forest was also an encampment for troops before victory at the Battle of Bannockburn (1314), which is a landmark in Scottish history. Scottish armies were less successful on many other occasions and at those times the woods provided cover, according to tales. By 1566 Torwood Castle had been erected here by the Forrester family, who were (as their name suggests) responsible for the Royal Forest. In its day it would have been a great castle, although now it is amongst Scotland’s least known and visited. It’s architecture is significant because it was built during a period between when castles were fortresses and estate houses, so it is a little of both.
Sadly a lack of recent care has given it a spooky vibe. Internal access is prohibited, and it has suffered from some graffiti and scorch marks, but I loved visiting. If those walls could talk..
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#castle #abandoned #torwood #torwoodcastle #visitscotland #exploretocreate #scotland #livefolk #visualsoflife #letsgoeverywhere #thegreatoutdoors #stayandwander #folkgood #ig_scotland #master_shots #ig_today #adventurethatislife #bewild #instascotland #folkscenery #artofvisuals #insta_scotland #igmasters #takemeyonder #untoldvisuals #oftheafternoon #lovescotland #ukpotd

Look up. But you’re not looking up at the sky; you’re looking down into the cosmic abyss, with only gravity holding you to the surface of our planet (the only place in the Universe we know that harbours life), while all together we hurtle around the star at the centre of our solar system at 67,000 miles per hour. So look up.
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This is the third photo in my little trilogy from Torwood. If I’ve not sold you on its history, its mountain bike routes, its sites (the castle, the 2,000 year-old broch or the mysterious ‘blue pool’) or the calm and quiet there to be by yourself or get creative, let me sell you on the simple and stunning woods there. It’s not Scotland’s best place by any means, it’s not its most significant, it’s not its most beautiful, but it is pretty, it is quiet and it is somewhere amazing. My point throughout this series is that Torwood, like so many wild places between towns and villages, is totally underrated, hardly known about, and deserving of your attention.
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#torwood #forest #woods #space #visitscotland #exploretocreate #scotland #livefolk #visualsoflife #letsgoeverywhere #thegreatoutdoors #stayandwander #folkgood #ig_scotland #master_shots #ig_today #adventurethatislife #bewild #instascotland #folkscenery #artofvisuals #insta_scotland #igmasters #takemeyonder #untoldvisuals #oftheafternoon #lovescotland #ukpotd

A walk in the woods as the seasons change 🍃📷 @juniorgingerpie #visitfalkirk #falkirk #torwood #scotland

Exploring Torwood with this one! ❤️😄☀️ #sunset #torwood #castle #scotland

Back on the bike with the Lenzie Velo.. #coffee&;cake #torwood #cycleview #velo

Lovely shot of Torwood Broch by @elliesonlaw! Not in Caithness, but we cant have 'em all, eh?
#brochs #torwood #falkirk #stirling

The wee #nukeproof looking resplendent in amongst the trees of #torwood .... And some auld codger at his new fishing hole in front of @tractorpete's mansion.

Snowy walks ❄️ #walks #hunter #torwood #scotland

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A wee walk up to Torwood castle , followed the path out to the Blue pool , back up through the woods up the hill to the Tappoch Iron Age Broch . Local history , magic . #tappochbroch #torwood #localhistory #scottishwalks .

Look up. But you’re not looking up at the sky; you’re looking down into the cosmic abyss, with only gravity holding you to the surface of our planet (the only place in the Universe we know that harbours life), while all together we hurtle around the star at the centre of our solar system at 67,000 miles per hour. So look up.
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This is the third photo in my little trilogy from Torwood. If I’ve not sold you on its history, its mountain bike routes, its sites (the castle, the 2,000 year-old broch or the mysterious ‘blue pool’) or the calm and quiet there to be by yourself or get creative, let me sell you on the simple and stunning woods there. It’s not Scotland’s best place by any means, it’s not its most significant, it’s not its most beautiful, but it is pretty, it is quiet and it is somewhere amazing. My point throughout this series is that Torwood, like so many wild places between towns and villages, is totally underrated, hardly known about, and deserving of your attention.
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#torwood #forest #woods #space #visitscotland #exploretocreate #scotland #livefolk #visualsoflife #letsgoeverywhere #thegreatoutdoors #stayandwander #folkgood #ig_scotland #master_shots #ig_today #adventurethatislife #bewild #instascotland #folkscenery #artofvisuals #insta_scotland #igmasters #takemeyonder #untoldvisuals #oftheafternoon #lovescotland #ukpotd

“I am thinking it’s a sign that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images and when we kiss they’re perfect aligned.”
- Old-school emo vibes from these Postal Service (‘Such Great Heights’) lyrics that popped into my mind earlier.
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Before I get started on my post, are you a keen mountain biker? Because there are some great trails in the forest here 👍
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This is the second photo in what will be a series of three from my visit to Torwood last weekend. What I think stunned me most about the area was the amount of history and genuine sites to see (I’ve not even spoken about ‘The Blue Pool’ yet), contrasted but the little amount of attention the area gets, but from those few who are in the know. Instagram is fantastic for bringing Scotland’s remote parts to our attention, but actually there’s so much in Central Scotland to see too - it’s just not as trendy. Maybe you saw that I visited the historic cairn at Cairnpapple Hill a few weeks ago? Maybe you’ve seen that I’ve been at old gunpowder mills and several castles around Midlothian? Hidden beaches near the Forth Road Bridge, waterfalls just outside Edinburgh, standing stones and weird rock formations in Fife, Roman forts, etc, etc. It’s just a surprise to me to find these places, which are near the two biggest cities, deserted .. and yet when you go to Skye, which is a big undertaking in comparison, you’re one of a few hundred at Quiraing, the Fairy Pools or The Old Man of Storr. My point isn’t meant to be negative though - that’s fine, Skye is stunning, I do get it, BUT for those who want to do a little exploring near the Central Belt there’s so much within minutes of Edinburgh and Glasgow.. you’ve just to do your research and you’ll be rewarded.
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Despite it being a place of real interest and some action, it wasn’t hard to find a little solitude to play with a smoke grenade that I’ve been carrying around in my backpack, waiting for the right moment... I know this isn’t exactly my usual sort of photo but I suppose part of my point is that here, alone, in a very historic part of Scotland, I was able to play and be creative.

I think you should just go for it.
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This is your friendly reminder not to miss out on an opportunity, either because it’s scary or because your past is encouraging you not to pursue your future.
- - - - -
Few know that the tiny hamlet of Torwood, found on a back road between Stirling and Larbert, was once an area of significance. To look at it now you wouldn’t know. If you watched my story on Saturday you will have seen that I visited the remains of a 2,000 year-old broch that can be found in the woods here, but the area has significance throughout the Middle Ages too. Torwood was home to the Royal Forest from the 1100s onwards. Not only did this forest supply oaks for Scotland’s wooden ships (yes, we had a navy once!), it was also a food supply. The most famous of all the trees in the forest is a hollow one, known as ‘Wallace’s oak’, where Sir William Wallace was said to have hidden after losing the battle of Falkirk in 1298, and the forest was also an encampment for troops before victory at the Battle of Bannockburn (1314), which is a landmark in Scottish history. Scottish armies were less successful on many other occasions and at those times the woods provided cover, according to tales. By 1566 Torwood Castle had been erected here by the Forrester family, who were (as their name suggests) responsible for the Royal Forest. In its day it would have been a great castle, although now it is amongst Scotland’s least known and visited. It’s architecture is significant because it was built during a period between when castles were fortresses and estate houses, so it is a little of both.
Sadly a lack of recent care has given it a spooky vibe. Internal access is prohibited, and it has suffered from some graffiti and scorch marks, but I loved visiting. If those walls could talk..
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#castle #abandoned #torwood #torwoodcastle #visitscotland #exploretocreate #scotland #livefolk #visualsoflife #letsgoeverywhere #thegreatoutdoors #stayandwander #folkgood #ig_scotland #master_shots #ig_today #adventurethatislife #bewild #instascotland #folkscenery #artofvisuals #insta_scotland #igmasters #takemeyonder #untoldvisuals #oftheafternoon #lovescotland #ukpotd

Snowy walks ❄️ #walks #hunter #torwood #scotland

Torwood Castle really should be picked up and restored by the local council. Such a waste of a beautiful old landmark.
#photography #photographers #castle #torwood #scotland #restorations #history #landmark #heritage

Snatch + Snatch balance + Overhead squat 92.5 kg 🏋
110% of BW
Gym: Dragon CF
#skripkateam #poluninteam #dragoncf #tor_complex #torwood

Hidden woodland paradise 🌲🌳🌲

Found this little gem on Google Maps hidden behind the trees and across a bit of marshland. We were mocket after traipsing through ankle high mud to find this gem. From eye level it’s nothing special but from a birds-eye view it’s something pretty interesting.

#abandonedscotland #abandoned #scotland #visitscotland #thisisscotland #insta_scotland #ig_scotland #scotspirit #hiddenscotland
#dronefeed #dronepointofview #droneoftheday #dronesdaily #drone #aerial #aerialphotography #dronephotography #aerialview #dronestagram #dronescotland #airjournal #dronephotooftheday #dronepicture #flightography #igdroneshots #torwood #dji #djimavicpro #mavic

Only in Scotland do you just casually run past castles on a daily basis... #castles #Scotland #torwood #running #Friday #lovingit

Oops! Nice wee trail run but maybe a bit dark with only a head torch to help me avoid the mud. #running #mud #trailrunning #torwood #nevermind #theyllwash #Friday

What a beautiful world we live in ❤️🍃 #torwood

Ruined castle dating from 1566 not far from my home; former seat of Clan Forrester #torwood #castle #ruin #ruinedcastle #scottishhistory #scottishcountryside

Hidden amongst trees on the fringe of Tor Wood, this unusual little pool was something that I spotted on the satellite image on Google Maps and decided to investigate. It's not the famous 'blue pool'; this pool is located further north. Strangely it is a ring with what seems to be a little island in the middle with trees/bushes growing. 😍

#torwood #falkirk #visitfalkirk #abandonedscotland #abandoned #scotland #visitscotland #visualsofscotland #thisisscotland #outstandingscotland #unlimitedscotland #bbcscotlandpics #insta_scotland #ig_scotland #ig_scot #seeingscotland #scotspirit #beautifulscotland #hiddenscotland

Overhead view of Torwood Castle, near Larbert, Falkirk. This was taken in 4 separate images moving the drone around and stitched together to give a high resolution shot. 😍

#torwood #castle #falkirk #visitfalkirk #abandonedscotland #historic #abandoned #scotland #visitscotland #visualsofscotland #thisisscotland #outstandingscotland #unlimitedscotland #bbcscotlandpics #insta_scotland #ig_scotland #ig_scot #seeingscotland #scotspirit #beautifulscotland #hiddenscotland

Torwood Castle Ruins near Falkirk. They sweet gentleman (with security😳.. whoops!) that helped us find this and Tappoch Broch said that this was more of a fortified house than a castle and had been inhabited until 20 years ago. 💓💓💓

A walk in the woods as the seasons change 🍃📷 @juniorgingerpie #visitfalkirk #falkirk #torwood #scotland

Early morning running to clear the head 😊 #torwood #running #larbert #nearfalkirk

Early morning run almost catching the new bridge, just not quite the weather #queensferrycrossing #forthrailbridge #forthroadbridge #chilly #running #torwood #larbert

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