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Stirling Castle, Scotland

A stay in a Stirling hotel takes you to Scotland’s natural gateway, where the soil was once as rich in the blood of English invaders as it now is in tourists asking directions to the castle.

Historic Stirling

Stirling Castle towers over the greatest battlefields in Scotland’s history. Besieged more than 16 times, it hosted the coronation of Mary, Queen of Scots and the baptism of James VI. The French-influenced Argyll’s Lodging is the most complete surviving example of a 17th-century townhouse in Scotland.

Art and museums in Stirling

Kids get a certificate, adults a sizeable oxygen debt to repay, after climbing the 246 steps to the top of the Wallace Monument at Abbey Craig. It marks where Sir William Wallace ordered an attack at the 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge. The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum houses the world’s oldest football.

Quirky things to do in Stirling

The statue of William Wallace beside the visitor centre caused controversy thanks to its strong resemblance to Mel Gibson who played him in Braveheart. Kids at the Old Town Jail dress up like 19th-century prisoners during tours conducted by actors telling gruesome stories of life behind bars.

Events in Stirling

The September Off the Page Stirling Book Festival has big-name author readings and creative workshops. Tartan Day in early April is a celebration of all things Scottish including traditional dancing and even demos on how to knit tartan.

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Attractions in Stirling:

Glasgow Warriors Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - May 2013; Fri, Sat, and Sun only (annual)

Tenement House

Opening times:
Mar 1-Oct 31 daily 1-5pm Mar - Oct 2013 (annual)


Opening times:
Mar - Oct 2013 (annual)

A traditional loom from the Sma' Shot Cottages
Sma' Shot Cottages

Opening times:
Wed & Sat 12pm-4pm Apr - Sep 2013; Wed and Sat only (annual)

Scone Palace, Perth. Courtesy of
Scone Palace

Opening times:
Apr-Oct: Sun-Fri 9.30am-5pm (last entry 5pm); Sat 9.30am-4pm (last entry) Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

What's on in Stirling:

Tarot Reading at the Body & Soul Fair, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Body & Soul Fairs

Dates Open:
09/08/2014 to 09/08/2014
28/02/2015 to 28/02/2015
03/05/2014 to 03/05/2014
22/11/2014 to 22/11/2014

Linder,  'Elsium' 2006. Courtesy the artist and Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
Glasgow International Festival Of Visual Art

Dates Open:
18/04/2014 to 05/05/2014

The Funk Room

Dates Open:
16/05/2014 to 16/05/2014
21/11/2014 to 21/11/2014
19/09/2014 to 19/09/2014
20/02/2015 to 20/02/2015
18/04/2014 to 18/04/2014
20/06/2014 to 20/06/2014
19/12/2014 to 19/12/2014
18/07/2014 to 18/07/2014
16/01/2015 to 16/01/2015
15/08/2014 to 15/08/2014
17/10/2014 to 17/10/2014
20/03/2015 to 20/03/2015


Dates Open:
29/08/2014 to 29/08/2014
26/12/2014 to 26/12/2014
25/07/2014 to 25/07/2014
30/01/2015 to 30/01/2015
27/02/2015 to 27/02/2015
25/04/2014 to 25/04/2014
30/05/2014 to 30/05/2014
28/11/2014 to 28/11/2014
27/06/2014 to 27/06/2014
31/10/2014 to 31/10/2014
27/03/2015 to 27/03/2015
26/09/2014 to 26/09/2014


Dates Open:
03/01/2015 to 03/01/2015
07/06/2014 to 07/06/2014
03/05/2014 to 03/05/2014
05/07/2014 to 05/07/2014
02/08/2014 to 02/08/2014
06/12/2014 to 06/12/2014
07/03/2015 to 07/03/2015
06/09/2014 to 06/09/2014
04/10/2014 to 04/10/2014
01/11/2014 to 01/11/2014
07/02/2015 to 07/02/2015


Dates Open:
14/03/2015 to 14/03/2015
10/01/2015 to 10/01/2015
14/02/2015 to 14/02/2015
09/08/2014 to 09/08/2014
14/06/2014 to 14/06/2014
10/05/2014 to 10/05/2014
11/10/2014 to 11/10/2014
13/12/2014 to 13/12/2014
13/09/2014 to 13/09/2014
12/07/2014 to 12/07/2014
08/11/2014 to 08/11/2014

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