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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?

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

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

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

Modern use

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

Stirling Castle: Our 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 to visit
    Seven days a week, winter 9:30AM to 5:00PM and summer 9:30AM to 6:00PM.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    ** 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

It was great. Your guide was perfect and the sights wee good.

We really enjoyed the tour. Plenty of history and stops so you could walk around and see the sights. Whiskey tour was quick but thorough.

Highland Lochs, Stirling Castle and Whisky Day Tour Reviewed by Deborah, 06/16/2017

John the guide was very kind and thoughtful of our varying requests.

I love medieval history so I found the tour right up my alley! Would have liked more time at Stirling Castle, but realise that there were time constraints.

Scotland Medieval History Tour Reviewed by Lynette, 06/14/2017

A relaxing, enjoyable, informative and overall great day

I would recommend this tour to everyone. The whole experience was amazing from start to finish and our tour guide Alex was funny, friendly and very well informed on local history and areas. He added extra stops in to our tour as we had requested them and it really added to the experience. If you're looking for a no stress tour with breathtaking scenery plus a bit of culture and a wee dram of whiskey to finish the day nicely then this is for you.

Great day- Tour and scenery was fantastic!

Kyle was a great guide. Stirling castle and the Distillery were really good. The scenery in the highlands was stunning.

Highland Lochs, Stirling Castle and Whisky Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/04/2017

Great tour except that 12 hours on a bus is a little long!

In recommending this to a friend, I would make sure they know what a long day it is!

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