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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 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
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 trip was broken up by several stops so we were never sitting for long periods of time. The Kelpies were impressive. I could have spent a little longer there. Loch Lomond was beautiful and our guide, Kevin, entertaining and knowledgeable. My grandson really enjoyed talking to him and asked lots of questions! We had a delicious lunch at The Forth Inn. Then on to Stirling Castle. Thank you for one of our most enjoyable days in Scotland.
If there was a way to give this 4.5 stars, I would. I would have appreciated more narrative/information from the tour guide/driver. It is unavoidable to have conversations with people who are sitting near the front but it is helpful to include the other people on the bus so they can also learn from the information.
Angela was an awesome guide, knowledgeable, interactive and prompt 10! Every part of the tour was awesome. Each stop was full of historical facts about the place and the people who lived there. Also the hike at Loch Lomond was beautifully described and options given if walk was too much. Very pleased!