Completed in 1869 the Monument was designed by architect John Thomas Rochead at a cost of £18 000. The Abbey Craig is said to have been where William Wallace had watched the English army gathering before the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
Pride of place among the historic artifacts on display in the tower is William Wallace's sword. As a measure of the man, his sword is 1.63 meters or 5' 4" long.
It is well worth negotiating the 246 steps of the spiral staircase, apparently, if you have fully functional hips, ankles, heart and lungs, to admire the view from the crown at the top.