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The History of Stirling Castle

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.

How old is Stirling Castle?

How old is Stirling Castle?

The King’s Old Building is the oldest part of the castle, and is over 500 years old!

William Wallace

William Wallace

In 1297 William Wallace at the Battle of Stirling Bridge defeated the much larger English army by trapping them on the bridge.

The Battle of Bannockburn

The Battle of Bannockburn

A significant Scottish victory over the English, who had until this point occupied the castle for 10 years!

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in Stirling Castle in 1543. She was only 9 months old, and apparently cried throughout the ceremony.

Modern use

Modern use

The castle is now a popular tourist site, and hosts cultural events and concerts regularly.

Our insider tips

What are the opening times?

The castle is open 7 days a week, in winter 9:30AM to 5:00PM and in summer 9:30AM to 6:00PM.

How much does entrance cost?

A standard adult ticket costs £14.50

Do I need to take a tour?

Tours are not compulsory, however they are reccommended and highly enjoyable!

Good to know

  • 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 there
    The 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

Fantastic way to some of Scotland in 1 day

The guide, driver, story teller Neil was just fantastic. Had a fantastic humor and great knowledge about Scotland he was sharing in a very interesting way.

Best guide and perfect first taste of Scotlad

Our guide, Michael was amazing. The tour company, Hairy Coo designed the best ever tour of Scotland in three days. We hit everything that was on our wish list and more!

My husband and I enjoyed the trip very much.

Me and my husband enjoyed the sceneries. Marty, the tourist guide/driver was superb. He appeared like he was really enjoying evry minute of his job. He narrated the history of the places that we visited with a bit of humor so the tourist were loughing and didn"t feel bored while we were travelling. A great value for money.

A well organized tour with a very friendly and helpful driver Dave.

I would suggest that who ever is choosing this tour in winter, it is highly recommended to take a knee length boots with you as to go down to see the fairy pools is a bit messy and one might end up with wet feet. However, I would recommend this tour.

Magnificent experience in Highland and Skye isle!!!

It was one of autstanding and magnificent experiences to travel through Highlands and isle of Skye! It was beyond expectation and also beyond description! All the way and every spot we stopped have fantastic nature. It is very unique, only encounter in Scotland esp. in Highland. The travel course is good! Safe and comfy bus! Moreover I was lucky to have wonderful driver! He was inherently happy and joyful person, enjoyed his job, so very nice and cheerful to all of us! He made us laugh, feel delightful and comfy during the whole journey! Thanks for that!

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