The gift shop within the Monument offers an opportunity for visitors to purchase bespoke hand-made products while supporting the communities that surround it. Along with the attraction of the iconic structure itself, the gift shop is now host to a range of high quality items made by local craft workers, suppliers and producers, based across Stirling and Scotland.
Among the items available are bespoke luxury glassware and ornaments from a family enterprise of artisan glass blowers based in Bridge of Allan. In addition, the shop is supplied to by Grace Chocolate, who produce handmade confectionery in support of women within the criminal justice system, looking to get their lives back on track through rehabilitation.
The shop focuses on products that are made ethically, which do not contain single use plastic, and are all sourced from within the UK (with a priority on sources within Stirling and Forth Valley) to minimise the environmental impact of supply.Operating the Monument for the benefit of the community
Stirling Council Senior Manager for Economic Development & Communities, Stuart Oliver, said: “Visitors value local produce with a story that connects their purchase to the place. Our local crafts, food and drink all have great stories behind them and we want to give each visitor to the Monument the opportunity to take a piece of Stirling home with them.
“With the National Wallace Monument now being operated by Stirling Council, we are committed to putting it at the heart of our tourism recovery, for the benefit of the community.
“By curating high quality, authentic produce from local businesses into the Monument’s gift shop, we’re proudly putting Stirling’s producers and suppliers front and centre of the return of tourism within one of Stirling’s best known attractions.
“Stirling truly offers a tourism mix that is hard to rival and we are looking forward to once again encouraging residents and visitors to get out and about to experience the best our city has to offer.”
Loren Young, Digital Marketing Executive at Angels’ Share Glass said: “We are very happy to have our products stocked in The National Wallace Monument and to support another local business. Over the last year we have worked very hard to develop new products and we are looking forward to having them showcased at the Monument.”
Joyce Murray, Founder and Director of Grace Chocolates said: “With The Wallace Monument on our doorstep, we are proud to have this opportunity to share the wonderful work of our women to a wider audience.”
A new alcohol licence also allows the shop within the Monument to stock produce from pioneering brands in Scotland’s burgeoning craft beer scene, including Kippen’s Fallen Brewing and Throsk’s Blackwolf Brewery. Innovative gin makers and famous whiskies from the surrounding area are also featured, with products from Deanston Distillery and Stirling Gin.
In addition to the new offerings in the shop, Stirling Council has made good on a promise to make entry to the Monument free for local residents throughout 2021, as part of wider plans to ensure the success of the attraction during and beyond the tourism recovery period. Since re-opening on the 26th April 580 residents have booked their free tickets.
The famous landmark offers so much to enjoy, with recently upgraded exhibition galleries, including an interactive Battle of Stirling Bridge Experience.
Visitors can also explore the Abbey Craig, with newly opened, expanded views, or climb the famous spiral staircase inside the Monument itself and take in the amazing scenery from The Crown.
Speaking about Stirling’s well-known visitor attractions Stuart Oliver added: “Stirling is one of Scotland’s tourism crown jewels and our attractions have been waiting patiently for restrictions to be eased so they can safely reopen and allow visitors to explore their spaces once again.
“Our world class heritage attractions, including The National Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle and the Battle of Bannockburn Centre not only attract visitors from all over the world but help create one of the most stunning cityscapes in Europe.
“Scotland’s world famous attributes of scenery, history, innovation and entertainment are all brought to a focus here for visitors of all ages to enjoy.”
The Monument will be one of the attractions featured in the Stirling City Pass in 2021, alongside Stirling Castle and The Old Town Jail, which are now open again in line with the easing of Scottish Government coronavirus restrictions, as are popular visitor destinations such as The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre and Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum.