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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 thereThe 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
It was one of autstanding and magnificent experiences to travel through Highlands and isle of Skye! It was beyond expectation and also beyond description! All the way and every spot we stopped have fantastic nature. It is very unique, only encounter in Scotland esp. in Highland. The travel course is good! Safe and comfy bus! Moreover I was lucky to have wonderful driver! He was inherently happy and joyful person, enjoyed his job, so very nice and cheerful to all of us! He made us laugh, feel delightful and comfy during the whole journey! Thanks for that!
Andrew T. was excellent. Bus was comfortable. Sites were really great. COuldn't have asked for a better day trip outside of Edi.
Our tour guide, Gary, was superb. His knowledge of local history and the area was extensive without being overwhelming. He was warm, funny, and friendly; and his bus was clean and comfortable. I would gladly do another trip with the Timberbush tour group, hopefully during the summer when there would be about four more hours of daylight.
Excellent day with a very nice guide, James, who drove us with a high sense of humor and many stories to tell . Amazing day. Béatrice, François and the daughters
Thank you for a memorably tour in a relaxing athmosphere. We had a lovely stay at B&B in Kyleakin, Skye We wish to thank our fantastic guide and our travel compagnions for 3 days of nature, culture and open minded travel shedule. We got more than we had expected.