Stirling is the ancient capital of Scotland and its long history means there are lots of great sights to explore. Stirling Castle at the heart of the Old Town, with its reconstructed great hall, is brimming with stories of the past. The Wallace Monument dedicated to Scotland’s National Hero offers great views of the surrounding area.
The 12th century Cambuskenneth Abbey, an ancient seat of Scottish Parliament is also the burial ground of King James 111. The nearby Bannockburn Heritage Centre utilises modern technology to bring the famous battle to life.
Stirling Castle is an imposing medieval fortress that can be seen on approaching the town. The A84 leads north towards the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and the Scottish Highlands.
Visitors can still see the standing stones and prehistoric carvings south of the town hinting at past settlements. Other historic buildings include the Church of the Holy Rude. It is the second oldest building besides Stirling Castle in the town, dating to 1129.
The Wallace Monument can also be seen standing atop one of the hills, a memorial to one of Scotland’s most famous figures. Other historic buildings include the Old Town Jail and the Old Hospital on the road to the castle.