Stirling and Falkirk Holiday Guide

Northwest of the capital city of Edinburgh, sit the towns of Falkirk and Stirling, two of central-Scotland’s gems, each boasting their own rich mix of historical sites and contemporary art, as well as their surrounding rural landscapes replete with stunning vistas. Travellers to the heart of Scotland will learn about the complex history of the region where the hard fought battles of the Wars of Independece were won, and past Scottish kings lived and ruled over their northern kingdom. Often overlooked for more glamarous or remote destinations, a trip through Falkirk, Stirling, and the central belt of Scotland will allow you to discover the true beauty and allure of Scotland’s past and present.

Stay in the Historical City of Stirling

Located on the banks of the winding River Forth, Stirling is one of Scotland’s most important and scenic historical cities, and is crowned by Stirling Castle, which once housed many of the Scottish Kings and Queens, including the famous Mary, Queen of Scots. Today, Stirling is considered Scotland’s heritage capital, and in the Old Town you’ll find “heritage mile”, home to the finest concentration of historic buildings in the country, including medieval and Renaissance churches. By going to Stirling you can walk in the footsteps of famous figures such as William Wallace, crossing the Battle of Stirling bridge to visit to the National Wallace Monument. To find the best hotel accommodation in Stirling, use Expedia’s search tool, where you can book the perfect room or apartment in this stunning historical city.

Find hotels in the Town of Falkirk and the Central Belt

Falkirk sits in the beautiful Forth Valley between Scotland’s two major cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, but it is far more than just another town along the way. The town features all the modern amenities you would expect, such as great shopping and plenty of wholesome Scottish cuisine in the many restaurants of the town. However, Falkirk rooted in its historic setting, where William Wallace’s army eventually fell to Edward the I in 1298, and Bonnie Prince Billy defeated the Hanoverians in 1746. Cultural and historical sites are abundant throughout the town and surrounding areas, and include the Antoine Wall, a 2nd century wall marking the border of the old Roman Empire, and just outside of town in Linlithgow on the Firth of Forth you’ll find Blackness Castle, a 15th century fortress that acted as both a garrison fortress and state prison.

The central belt of Scotland is the perfect place for visitors to get active, and the local parkland called the Helix provides for an array of activities such as cycling, walking, trekking, watersports and more. Be sure to stop by the Kelpies during your visit, which are the world’s largest equine sculptures, named after the mythical creature said to inhabit the lochs and pools of Scotland.

Plan your stay in Stirling and Falkirk so you can experience the ultimate historical tour of Scotland and view all the natural wonders of the regions' rolling hills and verdant river valleys.

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