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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 to visitSeven 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 thereThe 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
Rich our guide was very informative, can’t think how can he drive that twisty road while telling stories, hats off
Not knowing what to expect, my friend and I waited at the stop for the bus to arrive for our day trip. When it arrived, we had a bright orange "hairy coo" bus which was comfortable and had the most amazing driver, who was also our guide. Graham, was hilarious from the moment we met him, giving us a taste of his humor and sarcasm while he showed us the sights and played some Scottish only music along the way. It was very organised and I felt it was both time and money well spent! I will be recommending to others, and maybe coming along too, if I am lucky enough to find myself in Scotland again soon!
Our guide James was great! Showed great knowledge about Scotland and its history and he was really passionate about it. We all got in the mood with him. He was great at customising the experience for us. We were really interested in castles and he made a few extra stops for us to admire them, even though some of them were not part of the tour.Landscapes and castles were awesome. Small groups are great! A fantastic experience!
What follows is not a criticism of the tour, but I have never found that tours are helpful for a real photographer and the light was spectacular on our journey up North ways. It would have been the cream of cream to have been able to stop and take photographs that I could see had potential. Perhaps you need to invent a special tour for photographers? But I would go and my partner probably would not! So I can see it might be financially a loss maker.
We loved this tour! The sights were beautiful but the information and history that our guide Gregor had to give was second to none and kept us interested the whole way. So glad we didn't miss it!