We had tried twice before, on our second and third days in Scotland on July 25 and 26 to tour Argyll’s Lodging, which is located down the hill and around the corner from Stirling Castle. Both days it was closed. But this day it was open.Argyll’s Lodging is under the care of Historic Scotland and guided tours are arranged through the ticket office at Stirling Castle. The mansion was built in the 1670’s as the residence of a high ranking nobleman serving in the royal court. It is named for the Campbells of Argyll and is considered to be the most complete aristocratic townhouse of its period in Scotland. Visitors get to witness the high-status domestic life of the 1600s. There are so many historic castles, abbeys and buildings in Scotland that it must be a challenge to vary the displays and make each one a unique place for people to visit. Argyll’s Lodging did a great job portraying life in the kitchen of a great house.All of the photos below were part of the goings-on in the big kitchen. We wandered onto the lower grounds of Stirling Castle and checked out the powder magazine where all the gunpowder used to be kept. The Castle certainly shows a formidable face to those arriving from the cliff side.