Visitors to Scotland looking for a rural escape from the Lowland’s two major cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow should consider booking a stay at a hotel in the city of Stirling. One of the country’s most historic cities, it was home to over three centuries worth of Scottish monarchs. The rich past of Stirling has left it with a wide range of historical buildings, monuments, and other sites, including Stirling Castle, the Church of the Holy Rude, the Bannockburn Heritage Centre and more.
Those hoping to escape the city altogether can also use Stirling as a jumping-off point for great outdoor destinations like Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, the Cairngorms National Park, and the beautiful Loch Leven.
Visit Doune Castle near the City of Stirling
Doune Castle is a ruined tower-house building that was constructed around the year 1400, although its roots date back to before the Wars of Scottish Independence that started in the 13th Century. The castle was damaged during the conflicts and was subsequently re-built. It was later used a royal hunting lodge before becoming another centre for military defence during the Jacobite Risings in the late 17th Century.
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