Stirling

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The Gateway to the Highlands is one of Scotland’s most historic cities, home to medieval landmarks, a picturesque old town and glorious parks.

A city of history and culture, Stirling is the Brave Heart of Scotland. It straddles central Scotland’s Forth River and is a gateway to the magnificent Scottish Highlands.

Get an overview of the city at Stirling Castle. Perched on a hill, it affords uninterrupted views of the city and surrounding countryside. Explore halls and gardens for a glimpse into the lifestyle of former royal residents such as Mary Queen of Scots. Join locals as they welcome in the New Year at the castle during Hogmanay Celebrations, which feature fireworks and live entertainment.

Below the castle, the Old Town is a quaint district of cobblestone streets lined with landmarks. Stroll around the Back Walk to discover several interesting attractions. Go to Argyll’s Lodging to experience the life of 1600s Scottish nobility. Opposite the historic Church of the Holy Rude, join costumed local guides on a Stirling Walking Tour of the Old Town. Enjoy comedy and drama on these entertaining journeys, which cost a small fee.

Take the family to some of Stirling’s public parks. Visit the royal gardens of King’s Knot, famous for its ornamental hedges. Nearby King’s Park has a golf course, children’s play areas and a skate park. Admission is free at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum where Allie's Garden has been designed with children in mind. Inside the museum, view interesting artifacts including the world’s oldest football.

Use Stirling’s public buses to reach attractions outside the city center. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of medieval combat at the Battle of Bannockburn Experience. This attraction uses 3-D technology to put you in the center of the battle in which Robert the Bruce was victorious over the English. At the National Wallace Monument, a memorial to the Scottish hero, William Wallace, climb 246 to the top and enjoy views over Stirling.

Conveniently set in the heart of Scotland, Stirling is less than 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The city is a great base for arranging excursions into the Scottish Highlands and other attractions. Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are both reachable via daytrips.

The Stirling Highland Hotel
The Stirling Highland Hotel
4 out of 5
Fully refundable
The price is £67 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
Located in the heart of Stirling, this spa hotel is steps away from Old Town Jail and Tolbooth. Smith Art Gallery and Museum and Stirling Castle are also within ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (955 reviews)
"Staff where very friendly and welcoming, nothing was a bother."

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2021

The Stirling Highland Hotel
Hotel Colessio
Hotel Colessio
4 out of 5
33 Spittal Street, Stirling, Scotland
The price is £70 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Situated in Stirling, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Town Jail and Stirling Castle. Tolbooth and Church of the Holy Rude are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (468 reviews)
"Lovely old building tastefully modernised. Lift only to 1st floor. Not good if you have walking difficulties. Staff could do with a bit of training in restaurant. Otherwise very nice."

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2021

Hotel Colessio
Friars Wynd Hotel
Friars Wynd Hotel
3.5 out of 5
17 Friars Street, Stirling, Scotland
The price is £75 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Situated in Stirling, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tolbooth and Stirling Castle. Old Town Jail and The Engine Shed are also within 10 minutes. Stirling ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (70 reviews)
"This is a very good family run hotel. Tastefully decorated and furnished. The food is of high quality and well presented"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2021

Friars Wynd Hotel
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Cardross Estate Holiday Cottages
Cardross Estate Holiday Cottages
3 out of 5
Situated near the airport, this cottage is within 9 miles (15 km) of Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith and Aberfoyle Golf Club. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs ...
5/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
"Most amazing stay, lovely cottage with great views. Woke up to a family of sheep in the garden was so lovely seeing them and all the nature around. The walk in the pine garden was beautiful Thanks again for a great trip"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2021

Cardross Estate Holiday Cottages
Tigh Mor
Tigh Mor
Situated in Stirling, this holiday home is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Blair Drummond Safari Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Doune Castle and Stirling Castle. Deanston ...
Tigh Mor
Royal Gardens Apartments
Royal Gardens Apartments
4 out of 5
1 Royal Gardens, Stirling, Scotland
Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Art Gallery and Museum and Stirling Castle. Stirling Golf Club ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
"Used for a short visit to Stirling, overall a good experience. The location is within 10 -15 minutes amble to the old town (try Brea Restaurant for dinner) or the castle. Great view from the windows to the Royal Park and castle. The building is a large one split into four apartments (we stayed in ..."

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2021

Royal Gardens Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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