2nd Half of Life: Growing Bolder February episodes

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. This month KLRU presents new episodes of Growing Bolder starting Jan. 15th. 2nd Half of Life Growing Bolder airs Sundays at 10:30 am on KLRU.

Upcoming episodes:

February 19 – “Head Of The Pack”
From Mission Trips to Mission Statements – More and more Americans are taking a page from Paul Newman’s book and starting a social enterprise — a business you love as a means to helping others. After many mission trips, Jane Hursh felt obligated to share the blessings of her life. So she turned to a lifelong love — baking cookies. Now with her shortbread, biscotti and granola, Jane is using something sweet to change bitter circumstances. 97 Years of Saving Lives – At the time, it was just a simple, selfless act. The right thing to do. Seventy years later, a young Army captain’s good idea is responsible for saving countless lives. It was just one incident in the long, rewarding life of Dr. Norman Wall, who is one of the most compelling, relevant and fascinating 97-year-olds on the planet. Soaring to New Heights – The best glider pilots in North America over the age of 55 recently gathered to compete in the Senior Soaring National Championships. Former fighter pilots and commercial airline pilots call soaring the greatest test of all. How can a 2,000 pound plane with no engine stay aloft for hours flying at 65 miles per hour? Growing Bolder stopped by the final practice round to find out.

February 26 – “Find Your Fans”
Why Red Green is White Hot – “The Red Green Show” was one of the longest running series on television. But, years after ending production, the world’s most inventive handyman is still in demand! We caught up with Steve Smith as he embarks on the Wit and Wisdom Tour to find out what makes Red one of TV’s most endearing characters. Ann’s Fans – With all due respect to the dozen former Olympians and more than 1,000 other competitors, the swimmer with the largest and loudest fan support at the U.S. Masters Swimming national championships was a 71-year-old woman from Minnesota named Ann. What’s her story? Find out how she’s inspiring everyone who meets her to keep chasing dreams and to never, ever give up. The Story of Ruth: An Amazing Life – It’s hard to say that a 109-year-old died too soon. But Ruth Hamilton led a full and amazing life. She was simply amazing. Just some of the highlights, she was married to a Major League Baseball player, she was one of the first women to host a radio show, in 1937 she came face to face with Hitler and tried to warn the world, she was the first woman elected to the Legislature from New Hampshire, and those are just a few of the things that made Ruth a national treasure.

2nd Half of Life: Growing Bolder January episodes

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. This month KLRU presents new episodes of Growing Bolder starting Jan. 15th. 2nd Half of Life Growing Bolder airs Sundays at 10:30 am on KLRU.

Upcoming episodes:

January 1st – “Discover Your Future”
Discovery of a Lifetime – Joanie Schirm always knew there was more to her family history than what she had learned from her parents. When they passed away, she made a remarkable discovery in an old desk. It was a discovery that sent her on the adventure of a lifetime revealing a world of survival, loss and suffering during World War II. more

2nd Half of Life: Growing Bolder December episodes

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. In the coming months, 2nd Half of Life presents episodes of Growing Bolder on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Upcoming episodes:

December 4 – “American Spirit”
Age is Just a Number – Maybe one of the most famous “Growing Bolder” stories in the Olympics comes from Dara Torres. She was the first American swimmer to compete in five Olympics and the oldest female swimmer in the history of the Games. Now, her new book candidly reveals the challenge of going after a seemingly impossible dream. The Roots of Bluegrass – The newest craze in music is one of the oldest – bluegrass! Its true roots lie with the common folks, like Johnny Adams, who fell so in love with the mandolin that he now makes his own! Kazoo Rebuttal – When we heard that the residents of The Villages, Florida – one of the biggest retirement communities in the world – were planning to try and break a world record for the kazoo, we decided to document the day. We had fun, but it seems one person didn’t appreciate our coverage. So, we bring you the kazoo rebuttal – starting with a look at the story that got it all started. Tech Minute: Augmented Reality – You know those yellow first down lines you see on televised football games? It’s the perfect example of one of the hottest new tech trends – augmented reality. Joe Kittinger: Aviation Legend – In 1984, at the age of 56, fighter pilot, daredevil and American aviation hero Joseph P. Kittinger Jr. made aviation history when he became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a balloon. Pick Up a Brush and Paint! – Who says you need training to be an artist? Earl Nash was completely self-taught and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Find out how you can discover your inner Picasso and put your own passion on the canvas.

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2nd Half of Life: Growing Bolder November episodes

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. In the coming months, 2nd Half of Life presents episodes of Growing Bolder on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Upcoming episodes:

November 6th – “Make A Difference”
Big Name, Big Cause, Big Fun – Annika Sorenstam is one of the greatest golfers in the history of the game, and now she’s making a difference in another field – the fight against breast cancer. See how she’s teaming up with some passionate women to stop the disease. Ruth Hamilton: World’s Oldest Blogger – We believe it’s about attitude, whether you’re 9 or 109 years old. Ruth Hamilton passed away in 2008, but left us some amazing video blogs – a legacy for those who didn’t have the privilege of getting to know her in person. Tech Minute: Pandora Radio – Love to listen to music? Try one of the hottest services on the Web – it helps you discover old favorites and new hits, all based on your interests! Silver Sneakers – The next time you go to your gym, take a look around. People of all ages are working out! Silver Sneakers focuses on those who are over 60. In many cases, the program is free, and classes are available all across the nation. As you’ll see, the program is changing lives! A Day to Remember – Many of us have been touched by the war in the Gulf. Imagine how many more were affected by World War II. Veterans of that war are dying off at a rate of 1,100 a day. Soon, many will be forgotten. Take a moment to watch one vet tell his story. Silver Surfers – Surf’s up for men and women of all ages! The world’s biggest Surf Expo is for buyers and sellers only, so we took our cameras inside to give you a tour. We found a booming industry that is Growing Bolder every year — thanks to a rapidly increasing number of silver surfers.

November 13th – “Second Acts”
A Glass Act – For 40 years, Ida Bransford has been on the lookout for the depression glass that reminds her of her youth. In this “Growing Bolder” exclusive, we take you inside a home that many have heard about but few have actually seen. Doorway to Happiness – Larry Roofner was a corporate executive, a move and shaker and a big-time success. And it nearly killed him. So he walked away from it all, and at 52, he reinvented himself. One door led to another, until the doors themselves changed his life. Tech Minute: Blogging – In December 1997, the “weblog” was born. Within two years, it was better known as a blog – and today, more than 112 million blogs are posted on the Internet! Are you ready to share your stories online? Sonic Soup for the Soul – He’s written music for NBC sports, artist Thomas Kinkade and for a 3-year-old victim of child abuse. Wayne’s music has been described as sonic soup for the soul. You’ll wonder why you’ve never heard of him before. He Talks; They Listen – In the 1980s, he was one of the most feared pitchers in baseball and the best left-hander in the game. 20 years later, Frank “Sweet Music” Viola has moved from the mound to the dugout where he’s giving college players a little sweet music of their own.

November 20th – “Run, Rock and Row”
Tom Keeps Time Ticking – Tom Bransford likes to hang out with some very old friends – some that date back to 753. He’s one of the last of a vanishing trade…a qualified clock repairman. Unleashing the Dragon (Boats) – A group of breast cancer survivors and advocates take the idea of pulling together to a whole new level. They recently competed at the International Dragon Boat Festival and these big boats mean big fun and a big impact. Tech Minute: Editing Photos – These days, getting great pictures is a snap – even after the camera is put away! The Streaker – He’s no Forrest Gump, but he has been running, and running, and running some more! 1,000 days and more than 3,200 miles later, we got up early to tag along and see what keeps him moving. Bait is Big Business – Howard’s Bait and Tackle Shop stands as an unchanging landmark in an area surrounded by development. Its founder, Howard Allen, has passed away, but his son has agreed to carry on the business and keep his father’s legacy alive.

November 27th – “Get Rowdy”
Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic – A three-time Olympic gold medalist and the voice of swimming for NBC, Rowdy Gaines is now 50 years old and a passionate advocate for the future of his sport. We caught up with him at a special event where we learned by so many people of all ages are diving into masters swimming. Finding Purpose Through the Pain – We all have a-ha moments in life, when we know it’s time to change our paths. At nearly 300 pounds, Heather Quillen knew she needed to make a drastic change. And after helping herself, she figured – why not do this for others? Tech Minute: FlipCam – What’s the size of a credit card and lets you capture amazing memories with the press of a button? Here’s a hint: say cheese. The Best of all Time – Mike Sigel is the baron of billiards – simply amazing. He started playing at the age of 13, turned pro by 20 and went on to win more than 100 professional tournaments. So what happened when he stepped out? His connection to the sport got even stronger.

2nd Half of Life: Growing Bolder October episodes

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. In the coming months, 2nd Half of Life presents episodes of Growing Bolder on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Upcoming episodes:

October 2 – “Risk Takers”
Marking a Big Birthday In Style – Tattoos are no longer taboo. They’ve gone mainstream in a big way and like just about everything else, the fastest-growing market segment is baby boomers. Come along as Andrea Kudlacz celebrates her 60th birthday. Tiger the Red-Faced Golfer – Tiger Woods’ messy love life has spawned 1,000 jokes and late-night skits. And musician Golf Brooks knows a good punchline when he sees one, so he’s composed his own tribute to the fender bender heard ’round the world. Brave Warrior: WWI Veteran’s Story – World War I was known as “The War To End All Wars.” It didn’t. As its veterans have died off, so has the memory of how costly a war it was. All in all, more than 70, 000,000 people served in uniform, of which a staggering one-half were either killed, wounded or taken prisoner. Fatalities were so high that the number of deaths averaged 230 for each hour of the four years the fighting lasted. Fly Like an Eagle…Indoors – What goes up must come down. That’s why you hesitate to try skydiving. But what if you could get a similar experience just a few feet off the floor? Step inside an indoor windtunnel where beginners and experts alike practice and experience freefall.

October 9 – “Dreams Come True”

Video Game Paradise – Otronicon attracts kids of all ages – and it turns out, some of the best video gamers are boomers! We take you inside a cutting-edge convention and put you in the driver’s seat. Romancing the Road – This is an unusual love story involving an 89-year-old woman and her beloved Chariot. The two have been together for decades and traveled more than 540,000 miles across this nation’s highways and side streets. Evans Fish Farm – The experts said it couldn’t be done. But recently, one pioneer had a major breakthrough that could spawn a whole new industry and an unprecedented opportunity for large scale production of the holy grail of aqua farming: caviar. Bill Booth: Adventures in the Air – He should be on everyone’s list of most incredible characters. Bill Booth is an inventor, entrepreneur, and adventurer. He’s built an amazing life around doing what he loves. Don’t take our word for it. Just watch this story. You’ll see things you’ve never seen before.

October 16 – “Passion For Living”
Hunter Kemper: Family Man – Hunter Kemper is the most decorated triathlete in US history and has his sights set on his 4th Olympics in 2012. But this time he’ll be competing for more than his country and himself. He reveals how the birth of his own child inspired him to make a difference in the lives of other children. Edison Inventor – He owned three business and had over 70 employees, yet he couldn’t understand why he was miserable. It’s a story about finding purpose in life. We’ll introduce you to a man who reinvented himself by becoming America’s most famous inventor. Jim Henson’s Legacy – Jim Henson’s untimely departure from this world left a huge hole in our hearts that has yet to be filled. It’s because his work also had a soul. His characters, creations, TV shows and films all had common elements of … decency! There was an undercurrent of optimism, of empathy and encouragement that permeated nearly every project he worked on.

October 23 – “American Spirit”
Age is Just a Number – Maybe one of the most famous “Growing Bolder” stories in the Olympics comes from Dara Torres. She was the first American swimmer to compete in five Olympics and the oldest female swimmer in the history of the Games. Now, her new book candidly reveals the challenge of going after a seemingly impossible dream. The Roots of Bluegrass – The newest craze in music is one of the oldest – bluegrass! Its true roots lie with the common folks, like Johnny Adams, who fell so in love with the mandolin that he now makes his own! Kazoo Rebuttal – When we heard that the residents of The Villages, Florida – one of the biggest retirement communities in the world – were planning to try and break a world record for the kazoo, we decided to document the day. We had fun, but it seems one person didn’t appreciate our coverage. So, we bring you the kazoo rebuttal – starting with a look at the story that got it all started. Tech Minute: Augmented Reality – You know those yellow first down lines you see on televised football games? It’s the perfect example of one of the hottest new tech trends – augmented reality. Joe Kittinger: Aviation Legend – In 1984, at the age of 56, fighter pilot, daredevil and American aviation hero Joseph P. Kittinger Jr. made aviation history when he became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a balloon. Pick Up a Brush and Paint! – Who says you need training to be an artist? Earl Nash was completely self-taught and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Find out how you can discover your inner Picasso and put your own passion on the canvas.

October 30 – “Never Give Up”
I Will Never Give Up – Scot Weiss loves what he’s doing but admits it’s a daily struggle. Weiss left a promising career in finance to chase an American dream – inventing a product and starting a company. Now, he’s discovering the importance of belief and the power of persistence. How Did They Get That Photo? – In 40 years as a photojournalist, Red Huber covered some of the biggest news events of our time. Some of his most famous – and breathtaking – photos are his shots of space shuttle launches. How does he do it? Tech Minute: Tech Trends – Twitter, YouTube, GPS…all words many of us didn’t know five years ago, and now we use them on a daily basis! So what are the next tech trends? Time to take a look. Hurdling the Generation Gap – Brooks Johnson is a 76-year-old Hall of Fame track coach who has coached an athlete at every Olympics since 1968. David Oliver is a 28-year-old superstar destined to become the greatest high hurdler of all time. Together, Johnson and Oliver are rewriting the record books and proving the power of intergenerational relationships. The Voice of Duke Ellington’s Orchestra – Kay Davis auditioned on a dare, and the next thing she knew, she was the vocalist of one of the greatest bands of all time.

2nd Half of Life: Growing Bolder summer episodes

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. In the coming months, 2nd Half of Life presents episodes of Growing Bolder on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Upcoming episodes:

June 19
The Purpose and Beauty of Birds of Prey – They are two of the most under-appreciated groups around — birds of prey and the people who dedicate their lives to helping them. Find out what made Carol McCorkle and her husband change careers to educate us on the plight of raptors, and see how their Avian Reconditioning Center has become a big part of their outreach. The Power of Persistence – It’s the definitive American success story. See a need, fill it and make millions. Of course, it’s never that easy. But it can be done. Patrick Gottsch is living proof. Eight years of having doors slammed in his face didn’t keep this former farmer from building a global media network. The Sky’s the Limit – What would you do if you had all the money in the world and a whole lifetime to spend it? Kermit Weeks realized early on that for him, the sky’s the limit. Literally. He now owns the largest private airplane collection in the world. But it wasn’t until recently that he realized the planes were just a vehicle to help him reach his true destiny.
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2nd Half of Life: Spring episodes

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. In the coming months, 2nd Half of Life presents episodes of Growing Bolder on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Upcoming episodes:

March 27
Pursuing Your Passions – Men and women from all over America prove that when you do what you love, you find health and happiness. Stories include: musician Roger McGuinn, beauty expert Oleda Baker, artist Harold Garde, environmentalist Dr. Peter Pritchard, skydiver Bill Booth. Overcoming Obstacles – When you are dealt setbacks in life — physical, emotional, financial — how do you recover? Stories include: singer Jacqueline Jones, survivor Larry Pontius, triathlete Tony Handler, businessman Tom Ross. Staying Active – Get moving! Whether you join a team or go solo, keeping up an active lifestyle is a key to Growing Bolder.

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2nd Half of Life: Growing Bolder

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. In the coming months, 2nd Half of Life presents episodes of Growing Bolder on Sundays at 10:30 am.

This month’s episodes:

Feb. 6 Never Give Up
I Will Never Give Up – Scot Weiss loves what he’s doing but admits it’s a daily struggle. Weiss left a promising career in finance to chase an American dream – inventing a product and starting a company. Now, he’s discovering the importance of belief and the power of persistence. How Did They Get That Photo? – In 40 years as a photojournalist, Red Huber covered some of the biggest news events of our time. Some of his most famous – and breathtaking – photos are his shots of space shuttle launches. How does he do it? Tech Minute: Tech Trends – Twitter, YouTube, GPS…all words many of us didn’t know five years ago, and now we use them on a daily basis! So what are the next tech trends? Time to take a look.

Feb. 13 Make A Difference
Big Name, Big Cause, Big Fun – Annika Sorenstam is one of the greatest golfers in the history of the game, and now she’s making a difference in another field – the fight against breast cancer. See how she’s teaming up with some passionate women to stop the disease. Ruth Hamilton: World’s Oldest Blogger – We believe it’s about attitude, whether you’re 9 or 109 years old. Ruth Hamilton passed away in 2008, but left us some amazing video blogs – a legacy for those who didn’t have the privilege of getting to know her in person. Tech Minute: Pandora Radio – Love to listen to music? Try one of the hottest services on the Web – it helps you discover old favorites and new hits, all based on your interests! Silver Sneakers – The next time you go to your gym, take a look around. People of all ages are working out! Silver Sneakers focuses on those who are over 60. In many cases, the program is free, and classes are available all across the nation. As you’ll see, the program is changing lives!

Feb. 20 Second Acts
A Glass Act – For 40 years, Ida Bransford has been on the lookout for the depression glass that reminds her of her youth. In this “Growing Bolder” exclusive, we take you inside a home that many have heard about but few have actually seen. Doorway to Happiness – Larry Roofner was a corporate executive, a move and shaker and a big-time success. And it nearly killed him. So he walked away from it all, and at 52, he reinvented himself. One door led to another, until the doors themselves changed his life. Tech Minute: Blogging – In December 1997, the “weblog” was born. Within two years, it was better known as a blog – and today, more than 112 million blogs are posted on the Internet! Are you ready to share your stories online? Sonic Soup for the Soul – He’s written music for NBC sports, artist Thomas Kinkade and for a 3-year-old victim of child abuse. Wayne’s music has been described as sonic soup for the soul. You’ll wonder why you’ve never heard of him before.

Feb. 27 Run, Don’t Walk
Tom Keeps Time Ticking – Tom Bransford likes to hang out with some very old friends – some that date back to 753. He’s one of the last of a vanishing trade…a qualified clock repairman. Unleashing the Dragon (Boats) – A group of breast cancer survivors and advocates take the idea of pulling together to a whole new level. They recently competed at the International Dragon Boat Festival and these big boats mean big fun and a big impact. Tech Minute: Editing Photos – These days, getting great pictures is a snap – even after the camera is put away! The Streaker – He’s no Forrest Gump, but he has been running, and running, and running some more!

2nd Half of Life: Growing Bolder

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. In the coming months, 2nd Half of Life presents episodes of Growing Bolder.

Growing Bolder targets people who believe, “it’s not about age, it’s about attitude. “The new lifestyle series finds and celebrates the men and women who smash stereotypes, promote lifelong learning and act as role models for active lifestyle and healthy aging. The co-hosts, veteran journalists Marc Middleton and Bill Shafer, bring a wealth of broadcast experience to Growing Bolder. In each episode, they introduce inspirational, optimistic and life-affirming segments about athletes, cancer survivors, musicians, actors, politicians, health experts, as well as ordinary people – all of whom share a common goal of growing bolder, not older.

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October 2nd Half of Life episodes

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. In the coming months, 2nd Half of Life presents episodes of  The Seasoned Traveler.
October 3
George Bauer introduces viewers to the Croatian Riviera, which has just about everything the French Riviera has, at half the cost. Highlights include the windblown island of Krk and the town of Vrbnik, where visitors can sample distinctive locally-produced wines; the Istrian peninsula, a melting pot of Slavic, Germanic, Italian and Roman cultures; Dubrovnik, an enthralling town dating back to the seventh century; and Mostar, a small Bosnian city once devastated by fighting, where an unusual annual competition draws athletes from around the world.

October 10
George Bauer’s post-Katrina tour of the Gulf Coast takes him first to Florida, where his itinerary includes St. George Island, an inhabited but relatively unspoiled spit of land with beautiful beaches, marshlands and wooded areas, and Seaside, a picture-perfect beach town featured in the 1997 film The Truman Show. In Alabama, stops include Fairhope, a resort town with an unusual history, and the port city of Mobile, thought by many to be Alabama’s most beautiful community. In Mississippi, George visits Biloxi-a prime gambling destination-and Pass Christian, once a popular getaway for wealthy New Orleanians.

October 17
Fast becoming popular among seasoned travelers, heritage tours let people explore their own culture and history, or that of someone else. In this episode, Harlem Heritage Tours, started by lifelong Harlem resident Neal Shoemaker, affords George Bauer the opportunity to spend some time getting to know the famous New York City neighborhood. Also in this episode: George highlights 10 of the world’s best golf courses, as selected by Travel + Leisure Golf editor-in-chief John Atwood.

October 24
George Bauer visits some of England’s largest-and smallest-flower-filled spaces. Highlights include Grimsthorpe Castle Park and Gardens, a 3,000-acre estate in the rolling hills of Lincolnshire; Chatsworth House, a Baroque palace whose grounds were first landscaped in the 1760s by the famous Capability Brown; and Durham’s Crook Hall & Gardens, a small parcel that includes a Shakespeare Garden filled with plants and flowers from the Bard’s time.

October 31
George Bauer takes a trip back in time, beginning his castle trek on the River Tweed, at Traquair, the oldest continuously-inhabited house in Scotland. In central Scotland, he visits Stirling Castle-the must-see abode of Renaissance royalty including Mary, Queen of Scots-and Doune Castle, highlighted in the 1974 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In western Scotland, George stops at Culzean Castle, a cliff-top edifice with a commanding view of the sea.