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  • Address: Castle Wynd
  • Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (until 5 p.m. in winter)
  • Admission: Adults: £9, Children (5-15yrs): £5.40
In a country of castles, Stirling Castle may just be the ultimate royal stronghold. In fact, it was once rumored to be the home of King Arthur and his knights. Like Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle dominates the surroundings, looming over it from a plug of volcanic rock. This impressive pile has seen it all, from a sacking by Robert the Bruce to the coronation of the infant Mary Queen of Scots to the premiere of the movie Braveheart in 1993.

The castle has been involved in some famous battles (most notably the Battle of Bannockburn, after which Robert the Bruce took the castle from the English), but it was also a royal residence. The Stewart monarchs roamed the gardens, watching archery, playing bowls and mingling with peacocks and cranes. Mary Queen of Scots is said to have fell in love here. Kings hunted red deer and wild boar in the park.

Today you too can wander in those gardens, as well as taking in a regimental museum, the Chapel Royal with its elaborate frieze, and the splendid medieval Great Hall. You can also see a medieval-style feast being prepared in the Great Kitchens and the Stirling Heads, a marvel of Scottish Renaissance carving.

Practical Info

Stirling Castle is in the center of the town of Stirling (you can't miss it!) and is easily reached from both Edinburgh and Glasgow; if you're not driving, a train is probably your best option.

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Stirling Castle Entrance Ticket

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Visit Stirling Castle with an entrance ticket and explore one of Scotland’s finest historic sites at leisure. The former royal residence is steeped in Scottish ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

From USD $23.01

Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Enjoy free entry to 78 of Scotland's top attractions with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass – a flexible sightseeing pass that allows you to visit the sites ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 day and 7 day passes available

From USD $47.67

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 67 Reviews

Travel to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond in style and enjoy a wee dram of whisky on a small-group tour from Glasgow. With a maximum group size of 16 ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.89

Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 230 Reviews

Travel to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond in style on a small-group tour by Mercedes minivan from Edinburgh. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, you ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.18

Day Trip to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with Optional Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Take a day trip from Edinburgh to the beautiful Scottish Highlands and get to know Loch Lomond, Trossachs National Park and Stirling Castle. The remote region ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.82

West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 240 Reviews

Lochs and castles what could be more Scottish? Take this small-group day trip from Edinburgh to the Scottish west coast and you'll discover the real Scotland! ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.39

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 956 Reviews

Explore Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands on this 12-hour tour from Edinburgh. Depart from Edinburgh by air-conditioned minivan and travel out into ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.97

2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 111 Reviews

Spend two days exploring Loch Ness and Inverness, past and present, on a small-group trip to the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh. As you enjoy scenic drives ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $213.69

Magical Mull, Iona and the West Highlands Isles

Spend four amazing days exploring the natural beauty and historic treasures of the island of Mull and surrounding areas. You’ll visit Calgary Bay, the islands ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $606.55

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