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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:

Glasgay! bringing colour to Glasgow every autumn since 1994

Dates Open:
11/10/2014 to 14/11/2014

Glasgow Doors Open Days

Dates Open:
20/09/2014 to 20/09/2014

Glasgow Americana

Dates Open:
01/10/2014 to 05/10/2014

The Funk Room

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


Dates Open:
26/12/2014 to 26/12/2014
24/04/2015 to 24/04/2015
30/01/2015 to 30/01/2015
31/07/2015 to 31/07/2015
28/08/2015 to 28/08/2015
27/02/2015 to 27/02/2015
28/11/2014 to 28/11/2014
26/06/2015 to 26/06/2015
31/10/2014 to 31/10/2014
27/03/2015 to 27/03/2015
29/05/2015 to 29/05/2015
26/09/2014 to 26/09/2014

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