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One of Scotland's largest and most important castles, Stirling Castle is the site of many important battles in Scottish history. It's well worth a visit, but before you go, here are some historical snippets.
The King’s Old Building is the oldest part of the castle, and is over 500 years old!
In 1297 William Wallace at the Battle of Stirling Bridge defeated the much larger English army by trapping them on the bridge.
A significant Scottish victory over the English, who had until this point occupied the castle for 10 years!
Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in Stirling Castle in 1543. She was only 9 months old, and apparently cried throughout the ceremony.
The castle is now a popular tourist site, and hosts cultural events and concerts regularly.
The castle is open 7 days a week, in winter 9:30AM to 5:00PM and in summer 9:30AM to 6:00PM.
A standard adult ticket costs £14.50
Tours are not compulsory, however they are reccommended and highly enjoyable!
- When should I visit?Seven days a week, winter 9:30AM to 5:00PM and summer 9:30AM to 6:00PM.
- Is it expensive?Regular adult ticket costs £14.50.
- Will I need a guide?It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
- How to get thereThe castle is about a 10 minute walk uphill from the Stirling train station, reached easily from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
- Additional information** Free guided tours are run by the castle staff throughout the day and audio-guides are available in several languages! | There are no facilities for luggage, so plan to leave any at the bust station.*
What people are saying about Stirling Castle
Our guide, Gregor, was just the best! He provided almost constant entertainment during the drives from stop to stop - from historical tid bits to relevant music to jokes - it was so much cooler and more exciting than I'd expected. I highly recommend this tour and if you get Gregor, you scored big! Each stop was incredible, the lochs of Scotland are breathtaking and inspiring. Staying the night in Inverness was wonderful - a nice smaller town and a welcomed change of pace from the hustle and bustle of London where we were the previous week. Plus Inverness is gorgeous. We stayed close to Ness Bank and the river at night and in the morning was so calm and peaceful. I will miss that place and can't wait to go back! And the food was amazing too! We ate at Johnny Foxes and the haggis stuffed chicken was one of the best things I'd eaten the entire vacation. Gregor also recited Robert Burns' Address to a Haggis on the way back to Edinburgh which was pretty cool!
Our driver/ tour guide was phenomenal with all his knowledge of essentially every question we asked. He was constantly engaging and making sure everyone was taken care of and happy. I would most definitely recommend this trip or any of the other ones they have to offer because their services are wonderful! I like to be active and walking around when I travel, however this was such a nice break between to sit and see the scenery but still go out and enjoy it within a few days time. I would highly recommend it too if you would like to truly see the beauties of Scotland and not have to worry about the TINY roads.
The tour group comprised many nationalities and age group by Garry our guide catered for all. An excellent tour guide with the right balance of information and fun.
We had a wonderful time. The driver gave us an excellent commentary of all the areas we visited. His explanations were full of historical significance including a great deal of personal experience. The cruise on Loch Lomond should not be missed, although it was quite windy and a bit chilly, it was beautiful. Stirling Castle is an exciting place to visit especially if you are interested in Scottish history. A thoroughly enjoyable experience!
Paul T was our guide and he was well organized, punctual, safe driver (those single lane roads are scary!) and informative and entertaining with his stories and anecdotes. We lucked out with great weather, which enhanced the experience. There was a lot of driving. I would opt to do a 5-day rather than 3-day trek to spread out the driving a bit.