We hope everyone is enjoying the Autumn season! Now that the October break is around the corner, now is the perfect time to explore new and exciting places. Stirling is the ancient capital of Scotland and its long history means there are lots of great sights to explore. Some amazing attractions to visit include Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, the Macrobert Art Centre, Old Town Ghost Tours and the Thistle Shopping Centre. If looking to book your holiday in Stirling, check out some of our lovely properties such as No. 76 Stirling, Penthouse Apartment and Waterside, Braco.
If looking to soak in the history of Stirling, why not check out Stirling Castle. Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture. When entering into Stirling Castle, experience the world of Scotland’s Renaissance kings and queens alongside a world of colour, splendour and glorious craftsmanship. Discover various sections of the castle such as The Royal Palace (allows visitors to step into enchanting richness of royal life in the 1500s), Queen Anne Gardens (a peaceful and beautiful garden on the south side of the castle), The Castle Exhibition (tells an overview of Stirling Castle from the earliest times to present days) and The Palace Vaults (fun, interactive exhibitions catered to kids). A day at Stirling Castle is a great way to absorb all of Scotland’s heritage with lots of learn alongside a café and gift shops for souvenirs of a great day!
Another historical landmark that is definitely worth the visit is The National Wallace Monument. The Wallace Monument is Stirling’s famous landmarks that stands above the fields where William Wallace led his men to freedom at The Battle of Stirling Bridge. This attraction site tells the story of the patriot and martyr who became Scotland’s national hero. Discover three exhibition galleries within the Monument, alongside the Crown at the top of the building. The three exhibitions are comprised of The Halls of Arms (discover how William Wallace rose from obscurity to become the leader of the Scots), The Hall of Heroes (tells the story of illustrious Scots who have followed in Wallace’s footsteps), The Royal Chamber (uncover facts and figures behind the Battle of Stirling Bridge, the weapons that were used for battle and the outcomes) and The Crown (reach the top of the spiral staircases and take in the breathtaking view). If looking to purchase a souvenir for the great day, you can check out The Tower Shop which has authentic Scottish gifts.
Macrobert Art Centre
If looking to enjoy various films and theatre events, you may enjoy the Macrobert Arts Centre. Located in the heart of the University of Stirling, the Macrobert Art Centre is Stirling’s central hub for making meaningful connections with communities, entertainment, wellbeing and understanding. The Macrobert Centre offers a diverse range of activities with over 400 live performances. These span from various genres such as comedy, family friendly, opera and art exhibitions. Visiting the Arts Centre is a great opportunity to get involved and for a year-round cinema programme.
Old Town Ghost Tours
If wanting to embark on spooky adventures, then the perfect place to visit would be Stirling Old Town Jail. Stirling Old Town Jail is a top-rated independent attraction site in the heart of the Old Town and currently holds the title winner of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award. Their self-guided audio tours and the Scene of the Crime Exhibition enables you to safely dive into the dark history of local crime and punishment along with giving insight into prison life and prison reform. If solving puzzles is your thing, you can also participate in the Jail Break Escape Room. A fantastic day to spend in Stirling by searching for clues in 60 minutes in order to solve the crime. Can you escape Stirling Jail?
Thistles Shopping Centre
If looking for a fantastic outlet to do some holiday shopping, the Thistles Shopping Centre has over 90 stylish shops, with a mixture of big brands and various specialty shops making it the ultimate shopping experience.