Located less than one hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow, the town of Stirling is full of history and places to discover. Take your time to explore every corner, pack your bags and wear comfortable shoes, because it is going to be an intense day!
If you will be arriving by public transport, you should keep in mind that it is possible for you to hire a bike for the day right outside the train station. Stroll through the city and indulge in some breakfast in one of the many little coffee shops before proceeding uphill towards the old part of the town.
The Old Town Jail is one of Stirling’s most popular attractions. The visitor’s curiosity will always be satisfied with an entertaining guided tour of the cells and the opportunity to access the Observation Tower. Just a few meters up the road is the second oldest building in Stirling, the Church of the Holy Rude, where King James VI (son of Mary Queen of Scots) was crowned. The church is now over 800 years old, and still in active use today. Stirling is built on a hill, and at the top of that hill lies the famous Stirling Castle. The home of Scottish Renaissance kings and queens is full of real-life stories, but also old myths and legends.
The Back Walk can take you back to the city centre while circling the town walls, but if you are feeling up for a little art detour, you should add The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum to your destinations. Here you will find a collection of local artwork and historical artefacts. And there is no admission fee! The next stop is particularly loved by families and dog owners: historically used as a hunting ground, Kings Park is now the perfect place to walk, rest, and if the weather is nice, even sunbathe. Have a picnic here or go back into town for lunch, either way you will need to get some energy for the next part of the day.
The true symbol of Stirling, the one attraction you just cannot miss is of course The National Wallace Monument. Built in honour of national hero William Wallace, this tower celebrates one of the most important battles in the history of the country. If you are not feeling up for a one-hour hike, you can reach the landmark by bus. From up here, you will be able to see Stirling in all of its beauty, but if your packed schedule does not leave time for this trip, Gowan Hill is another lovely little spot from which you can enjoy a 360° view of the town.
The Engine Shed – Building conservation Centre
Argyll’s Lodging – 17th century townhouse
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