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Pocket Guide: Stirling and Falkirk

Just to the north of Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh, with its famous Edinburgh Castle, you will find the town of Falkirk and the city of Stirling, two contrasting but great destinations. Falkirk lies a short trip from the capital along the central belt that connects to Glasgow in the west. The town is home to a number of unique attractions, many of which relate to its rich history that includes being the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. Meanwhile, Stirling is considered by many to be Scotland’s most picturesque city, and is the country’s heritage capital, as well as the location of the fierce Wars of Independence.

Visit the City of Stirling and Explore Stirling Castle

Much of the historical splendour that made Stirling such a stunning city can still be seen today. The city itself is crowned by this history, having been home to the Scottish line of Monarchs for three centuries. Much like Edinburgh, Stirling features a remarkable cityscape that is topped by Stirling Castle, which sits high above the city on Castle Hill. In fact, Stirling and the castle itself played a major role in the Wars of Scottish Independence, which includes the victory of Andrew Moray and William Wallace at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, above which visitors will find the towering Wallace Monument.

Today, guests of Stirling will not only get to walk in the footsteps of these legendary figures but they will also get the opportunity to discover for themselves the stunning architecture of medieval and Renaissance churches, and stately Victorian buildings. The heritage mile in the old town district is home to the most concentrated gathering of historical sites in the country and is a must-see for anyone touring Scotland.

Discover the Historical and Industrial Town of Falkirk

Falkirk might not be a destination that tends to be on the itinerary of those travelling through Scotland, but this town located between Stirling and Edinburgh has played a major role in the history of Scotland and has plenty of ancient and contemporary attractions to show for it.

Perhaps one of the oldest sites you’re likely to see during your visit to Scotland can be found in Falkirk and dates back nearly 2,000 years to the time when the border of the Roman Empire stretched to Scotland. Today, the Antonine Wall may just appear like a large swale in the earth, but it was once a defence system for one of the world’s most powerful empires. Other points of interest to visit during your time in Falkirk include The Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat lift; Blackness Castle, where Mel Gibson's Hamlet was filmed; as well as the Helix, a parkland that features outdoor activities like water sports, walking and cycling, as well as art instillations such as the striking Kelpies sculpture.

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