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StirlingUnited Kingdom

The Gateway to the Highlands is one of Scotland’s most historic cities, home to medieval landmarks, a picturesque old town and glorious parks.

A city of history and culture, Stirling is the Brave Heart of Scotland. It straddles central Scotland’s Forth River and is a gateway to the magnificent Scottish Highlands.

Get an overview of the city at Stirling Castle. Perched on a hill, it affords uninterrupted views of the city and surrounding countryside. Explore halls and gardens for a glimpse into the lifestyle of former royal residents such as Mary Queen of Scots. Join locals as they welcome in the New Year at the castle during Hogmanay Celebrations, which feature fireworks and live entertainment.

Below the castle, the Old Town is a quaint district of cobblestone streets lined with landmarks. Stroll around the Back Walk to discover several interesting attractions. Go to Argyll’s Lodging to experience the life of 1600s Scottish nobility. Opposite the historic Church of the Holy Rude, join costumed local guides on a Stirling Walking Tour of the Old Town. Enjoy comedy and drama on these entertaining journeys, which cost a small fee.

Take the family to some of Stirling’s public parks. Visit the royal gardens of King’s Knot, famous for its ornamental hedges. Nearby King’s Park has a golf course, children’s play areas and a skate park. Admission is free at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum where Allie's Garden has been designed with children in mind. Inside the museum, view interesting artifacts including the world’s oldest football.

Use Stirling’s public buses to reach attractions outside the city center. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of medieval combat at the Battle of Bannockburn Experience. This attraction uses 3-D technology to put you in the center of the battle in which Robert the Bruce was victorious over the English. At the National Wallace Monument, a memorial to the Scottish hero, William Wallace, climb 246 to the top and enjoy views over Stirling.

Conveniently set in the heart of Scotland, Stirling is less than 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The city is a great base for arranging excursions into the Scottish Highlands and other attractions. Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are both reachable via daytrips.

Top Hotels in Stirling

Hotel Colessio
Hotel Colessio
4 out of 5
The price is CA $85 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

Situated in Stirling, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Town Jail and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (426 reviews)

"The hotel is in prime location in Sterling, on the walk towards the castle, We stayed in a King Deluxe room, facing the front of the property. The room is very modern, spacious and comfortable. The room and hotel in general was very clean and the hotel staff did a great job in managing the current ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 5, 2020

Hotel Colessio
Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
The price is CA $161 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Loch Ard Forest, Aberfoyle Golf Club and Duke's Pass. Ben Lomond and Inchmahome Priory are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (530 reviews)

"Beautiful property with stunning grounds and views."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 25, 2020

Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
The Stirling Highland Hotel
The Stirling Highland Hotel
4 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is CA $81 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 5

Located in the heart of Stirling, this spa hotel is steps away from Old Town Jail and Tolbooth. Smith Art Gallery and Museum and Stirling Castle are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (966 reviews)

"Had a lovely stay, rooms were lovely and staff very friendly , hotel was very organised and in control of social distancing and hand sanitising etc"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 24, 2020

The Stirling Highland Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Stirling

Tigh Mor
Tigh Mor

Situated in Stirling, this holiday home is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Blair Drummond Safari Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Doune Castle and Deanston Distillery. ...

Tigh Mor
Exclusive Unique Woodland House Loch Ard Forest/ The Trossachs Aberfoyle
Exclusive Unique Woodland House Loch Ard Forest/ The Trossachs Aberfoyle
Loch ARD Forest, Milton, Queen Elizabeth Park, The Trossachs, Aberfoyle, Scotland

Situated in a rural location, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Loch Ard Forest, Duke's Pass and Aberfoyle Golf Club. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Lovely house in a beautiful location

"Fabulous stay, would recommend."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 14, 2020

Exclusive Unique Woodland House Loch Ard Forest/ The Trossachs Aberfoyle
Cardross Estate Holiday Cottages
Cardross Estate Holiday Cottages
3 out of 5

Situated near the airport, this cottage is within 9 miles (15 km) of Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith and Aberfoyle Golf Club. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs ...

5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Great for exploring

"We had a great stay, its the perfect base for exploring the Trossachs and they allow pets. The cottage is pretty spacious with a log burner in the living room. The furniture is perhaps a little tired looking but very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2020

Cardross Estate Holiday Cottages
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Stirling

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Oct 6, 2019

arrived late in evening West Plean House lovely lovely. Birds and Bees resto for light dinner. Made room for us without reservations on busy night. Server was lovely young woman very helpful.

4/5 - Good

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Jul 31, 2019

Stirling is a beautiful wee town!

4/5 - Good

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Jul 9, 2019

Good place to stay and visit historic sites and other interesting areas.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 1, 2019

Stirling castle and Wallace monument are a must!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jun 23, 2019

The people were unbelievably friendly and nice everywhere we went. Would highly recommend!

5/5 - Excellent

Roy

Jun 22, 2019

A couple of sites we had planned to visit were unavailable but the town itself is pleasant to just wander around.

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