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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.

Our insider 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 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

The tour was okay but not at all what it said on the website.

The tour was reverse from what was written on the website. The bed and breakfast on Skye was for two nights and was confusing as the breakfast was provided in a cafe but we were not told that, had to learn from someone else in the tour. Not a good representation of Scotland's hospitality.

Great tour into the earth of Scotland with a true Scotsman

The tour was absolutely perfect and well organized! We had our private tour guide (Neil, a true Scotsman!) that delighted us with historical knowledge, great company and interesting stories. All the stops were very well organized, and despite the little traffic on the way home, we managed to see and enjoyed everything... the road trip gave us the opportunity to see the countryside and appreciate the beautiful landscapes, and we made stops on the way for taking pictures and appreciate the view. Lunch was organized in an authentic Scottish Inn where Rob Roy had few drinks! The place is really a gorgeous pearl and the food is delicious. We truly recommend this tour if you want to have a taste of Scotland in 1 day!

Ik kan deze dagtrip met Timberbush Tours van harte aanbevelen!

We had a wonderful day! Everything was well planned and organized by Timberbush Tours. Our busdriver and guide: Marco, was fantastic. He was well informed and taught us a lot of the history and nature of this beautiful region. He shared his passion for Scotland in a very humorous way. The boattrip was impressive. We certainly would recommend this activity!

Very good opportunity how to get know Scotland.

Only one small remark: the guide was trying to give maximum of information but due to her local accent sometimes it was tiring for us (foreign visitors with native language Czech) to follow her presentation. For us it would have been better to have less information in standard English :-) But I fully understood her - the clients were a mixture of locals with foreigners. Probably to organize seperate trips for native speakers and foreign visitors...?

Outstanding! Gary was very passionate and helpful.

Gary our guide loves his job and it shows. He made everyone feel included the tours were fun, bed and breakfast was clean, modern and had a view One of the best tours all thanks to Gary

Skye Experience: 3-Day Guided Tour from Edinburgh Reviewed by Catherine, 04/26/2018

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