We passed a boys club and Mar’s Wark, a ruined residence of clan Erskine built in the 70s of the 16th century. For centuries the Erskines were keepers of the royal Stirling castle, so to me it symbolizes the House of Gondor. The impressive building was never completed. We looked at the huge walls of blackened stone; on the towers and above the gate we saw mediaeval inscriptions, e.g. on the northern tower: ”The more I stand on open height, My faults more subject are to sight”. This is not entirely true, because we had not seen that before we got there… Alas, the tower rhymes!