Destination: Stirling

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Historic city and site of most of Scotland's major battles

Stirling

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Introducing Stirling


Stirling has always been at the heart of history in Scotland. It was the site of some of the most famous battles for independence against the English. It is also the place where Scottish monarchs ruled for three centuries. William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson in the Oscar-winning movie Braveheart, is commemorated in the 220ft high tower of the National Wallace Monument. Stirling's famous castle provides stunning views of the historic battle fields. Below the castle winding cobbled streets in the Old Town play host to the finest concentration of historic buildings in Scotland, including many beautifully preserved medieval and Renaissance churches. The 'Back Walk' is a scenic pathway around the Castle and Old Town to rival the city walls of York or Chester.

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Region: Scotland

Time to spend here: 1/2 - 1 day

More Information: www.visitstirling.org

What's nearby? Trossachs National Park

What transport do you recommend? Stirling can be explored on foot although many streets are very steep. The wider area needs a vehicle or day tour.

Did you know? Legend has it in the 9th century a howling wolf saved the town of Stirling from a Danish attack. In gratitude, the symbol of the wolf is commemorated on the burgh coat of arms.

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Stirling Castle

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Stirling Castle is probably the grandest castle in Scotland, and a symbol of Scottish independence. Great Scottish figures such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots have all been associated with the castle. The Visitor Centre includes a great audiovisual presentation about the castles history and architecture.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Argyll's Lodging

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The guided tours of Argyll's lodging (free when you visit Stirling Castle) just outside the castle show you the partial restoration of this impressive town house and give you a sense of how it would have looked during the 1600s.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Wallace Monument

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At the Wallace Monument you can follow the story of Sir William Wallace - patriot, martyr, and Guardian of Scotland; and take in the stunning view of seven famous battlegrounds.
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The Old Town Jail

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At the Old Town Jail you will discover how the Victorians made sure that crime didn't pay. Inside you can see what it is like to get on the wrong side of the prison warden and meet the convict determined to escape.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

The Church of the Holy Rude

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The Church of the Holy Rude is the second oldest building in Stirling after the castle. Founded in 1129 the parish church was the location for the coronation of King James VI in 1597.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Bannockburn Heritage Centre

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The Bannockburn Heritage Centre will give you a great insight into Robert the Bruce's famous defeat of Edward II's English army (which was 10 times the size of the Scots) at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, through a fascinating exhibition and audiovisual display.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Doune Castle

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Built at the end of the 14th century, Doune Castle is one of the best preserved castles of its era in Scotland. It was also used in filming Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and has subsequently become a place of pilgrimage for Python fans!
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Callander

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West of Doune, the town of Callander is set against a beautiful highland backdrop serves as one of the gateways to the Trossachs. The town has many craft and woolen shops as well as the Rob Roy Centre which has an exhibition and film about the legendary local outlaw.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

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Adored by walkers, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is around 10 miles to the west of Callander. Nearby is Loch Katrine which is in the heart of the Trossachs. You can sail onboard the historic Steamship Sir Walter Scott and have the legends of the beautiful loch narrated to you by a member of the ship's crew.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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