From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour
- Duration: 3 days
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!
Nik was a great tour guide with all his stories and friendly approach. There were only 3 people on the tour including ourselves which added to a more personal feeling. The only thing for us was, we felt we didn’t have enough time visiting the Kelpies. 30 minutes was the allocation, 45 minutes would have been better. Times for exploring the other locations was fine. All in all a very enjoyable day
Our tour guide, Stuart, was fab. Completely made the trip. However, a lot of the trip is spent driving. Only 1 hour spent at Loch Lomond, 1 hour for lunch, 1.5 hours at Stirling Castle and a quick stop at the Kelpies and possibly a highland cow. In future I would prefer to rent a car, as you can get to each place quicker and stop for as long as you want in each location.
We had a really great time on our tour with Alan B. He was super knowledgeable, interesting to listen to and even occasionally sang us a tune or two to help reflect the beauty of all Scotland has to offer and it's connection to music :) The trip was safe, enjoyable, comfortable and overall a great day out from Edinburgh. Highly recommend it.
Our guide Dom was funny and shared with us a lot of interesting facts, stories and legends which were also accompanied with relevant Scottish songs which was nice. I liked the fact that we had long stops however the time passed so quick that even seemingly long stops were not enough, that was the only drawback of the trip.
Thank you to Michael, our tour guide! he made this tour a great experience. He showed us a secret view point that we never would've found on our own, told us about the history of Scotland, answered any questions well, and gave us a great time.