ONE of Scotland’s greatest treasures is back where it belongs in Stirling.

The fabled Wallace sword, believed to have been used by William Wallace at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, has been returned to the National Wallace Monument.

It was removed from the popular tourist attraction in March.

At the time, two activists from This Is Rigged vandalised the display case containing the sword.

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It is 1.68 metres long and weighs around three kilograms, although was not damaged in the incident in March.

However, specialist designers from manufacturers Click Netherfield in Livingston constructed a new showcase at the cost of £10,000.

The new showcase includes anti-reflective, almost invisible glass which allows for an unrestricted view of the legendary sword and its intricate surface to visitors.

Stirling Council leader Chris Kane said: “The Wallace Sword is the iconic showpiece of the National Wallace Monument, celebrated by visitors from every corner of the globe.

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“The monument attracts more than 100,000 visitors every year and we were extremely disappointed the sword had to be moved to safe storage as a result of actions outwith our control. For many visitors, viewing the sword in such revered and spectacular surroundings is the highlight of their visit.

“Stirling is a major tourist destination, recognised internationally for its heritage, historic and vibrant city and fabulous scenery. We’re delighted, as we head into the main tourist season, to once again display the sword in all its glory in its natural home.”

Managing director of Click Netherfield Mike Chaplin said: “We are glad such an important piece of history was protected by our original case and we’re proud to have worked with the team at Stirling Council and the National Wallace Monument to design and create a new one.

“We are honoured to play a part in ensuring the Wallace Sword and Scotland’s history is protected, preserved and presented for future generations to admire.”