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StirlingUnited Kingdom

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.

Top hotels in Stirling

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £158 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Loch Ard Forest, Aberfoyle Golf Club and Duke's Pass. Ben Lomond and Inchmahome Priory are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (508 reviews)

"Whilst the property is clearly a little tired in places, the staff make a real effort and made the stay so enjoyable. The food is good although the menu is incredibly limited. We would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2020

Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
Hotel Colessio
Hotel Colessio
4 out of 5
The price is £94 per night from 30 Sep to 1 Oct

Situated in Stirling, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Town Jail and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (415 reviews)

"Excellent location, very clean, quality feel to the place."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

Hotel Colessio
The Stirling Highland Hotel
The Stirling Highland Hotel
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £72 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (981 reviews)

"Spectacular former school building in the centre of Old Sterling. Great room with comfortable bed and good bathroom facilities. Restaurants and historic visitor attractions are only a short walk away."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

The Stirling Highland Hotel

Popular places to visit in Stirling

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
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Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

4.5/5(490 reviews)

Visit this Scottish national park to hike through ancient woodlands, relax on the shore of the largest body of freshwater in Britain and enjoy local produce.

Stirling Castle
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Stirling Castle

4.5/5(139 reviews)

Get a glimpse into the lives of Scotland's historical monarchs at this immaculately preserved hilltop fort and royal residence.

University of Stirling
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University of Stirling

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of Stirling, a top university in Bridge of Allan. Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this relaxing area.

National Wallace Monument
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National Wallace Monument

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Inspect the legendary sword of a Scottish hero as you climb the levels of this impressive tower shrine on a hill.

Lake of Menteith
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Lake of Menteith

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake of Menteith, a lovely green space in Port of Menteith. Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this quaint area.

Ben Lomond
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Ben Lomond

5/5(1 review)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Ben Lomond during your travels in Stirling. Visit the spas and lively bars in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Stirling

Braveheart & Whisky
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Braveheart & Whisky

£610
Per adult
Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle,Linlithgow palace Day Trip
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Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle,Linlithgow palace Day Trip

£300
Per adult
Stirling, Distillery and Saint Andrews - Spanish Tour Guide
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Stirling, Distillery and Saint Andrews - Spanish Tour Guide

£42
Per adult
Small-Group Loch Lomond & Stirling Castle Full-Day Tour
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Small-Group Loch Lomond & Stirling Castle Full-Day Tour

£52
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Enjoy a day out at Stirling Summer Festival
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Enjoy a day out at Stirling Summer Festival

£8
Per adult
Loch Lomond Circular Cruise departing from Luss
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Loch Lomond Circular Cruise departing from Luss

£12
Per adult

Reviews of Stirling

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 46.478873239436616%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 40.140845070422536%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 11.267605633802816%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Feb 2020

Nice and compact city - everywhere is walkable. Lots of good independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Some visitor attractions closed for the winter but the castle, Wallace Monument, Dunblane Cathedral all worth a visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Dec 2019

I havent been to stirling for years but the buildings are still very impressive.

5/5 - Excellent

Bob

21 Dec 2019

Stirling has a good bingo hall besides all the historic sights

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Nov 2019

Stirling is an absolutely beautiful area with a mix of town and country

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Nov 2019

The castle is great, the William Wallace monument is gorgeous and the Battle Of bannockburn centre is incredible, DO NOT MISS IT OUT of your trip, I’ve never enjoyed a historical place as much as there.

5/5 - Excellent

N

27 Sep 2019

Stirling is a beautiful place with very friendly people. I highly recommend it.

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