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Stirling Castle Tours

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Stirling Castle
Perched above the city of Stirling on a chunk of volcanic rock, this mighty Scottish fortress has seen it all, from attacks by Robert the Bruce to the coronation of the infant Mary Queen of Scots to the premiere of the movie “Braveheart” in 1993. In addition to the impeccably recreated Royal Palace interiors and the sheer amount of history held within its robust walls, the castle also offers superb views over Stirling and Scotland’s green hills and valleys.

The Basics
Stirling Castle ranks high on the agenda for visitors to Scotland. Many visitors explore the castle on day trips from Edinburgh and Glasgow, which typically also visit other Scottish Highlands highlights such as Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Loch Ness, Glen Coe, and whisky tasting experiences. Travelers should book castle tickets in advance to avoid long lines and sold-out dates. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes as the castle features uneven, cobbled ground.
  • Most, though not all, of the castle is accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Costumed guides help bring the history of the castle to life.
  • The Historic Scotland Explorer Pass includes admission to both Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle, as well as more than 70 other Scottish attractions.
 
How to Get There
The easiest way to get to the castle is via guided tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, or Greenock. During busy summer months, the parking lot at Stirling Castle often fills to capacity; travelers can also use the Castleview park-and-ride service (located on the western outskirts of town off junction 10 on the M9). Alternatively, ride the train from Edinburgh or Glasgow (both take under an hour). The 20-minute walk from the train station, though not long, is somewhat steep.

When to Get There
July and August attract the biggest crowds. Be prepared for varying weather, even in summer; rain and chilly temperatures are common, and parts of the castle complex, such as the Queen Anne Gardens, leave visitors open to the elements.

Stirling’s Links to Scottish Heroes
For “Braveheart” fans, Stirling Castle will be forever linked with one name: William Wallace. From the castle, you can see the National Wallace Monument on Abbey Craig hill, where in 1297, Wallace and his troops prepared to fight off the invading English army. Robert the Bruce, known for his decisive victory over the English at nearby Bannockburn in 1314, is also commemorated at Stirling Castle. Look for a statue of the sword-carrying King of Scots on the castle’s esplanade.


Address: Castle Wynd, Stirling FK8 1EJ, Scotland
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Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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See Stirling Castle, the Kelpies monument, and Loch Lomond on this day trip from Edinburgh. Pass Linlithgow Palace on the way to the Kelpies, said to be the largest equine sculptures in the world. Then travel through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where you can join your guide on a nature walk, before heading to Stirling Castle for an optional interior tour (own expense). This small-group tour in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach is limited to 16 passengers for a memorable experience.
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  • 9 hours
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Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Visit the royal stronghold of Stirling Castle and the majestic Loch Lomond on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Escape the city for a scenic drive through the countryside, stopping to snap photos of Highland cows, the Trossachs National Park, and Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. After touring the impressive Stirling Castle, soak up the scenery around Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest lake. Finish your Scottish experience sampling Scotch whisky at the acclaimed Glengoyne Distillery.
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  • 10 hours
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Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Delve into Scotland’s rich history and heritage on this 1-day Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle tour from Edinburgh. Head from the Royal Mile over the UNESCO–listed Forth Bridge to Dunfermline with a guide, and explore the Abbey Kirk — burial place of Robert the Bruce. See where the Battle of Bannockburn raged and learn of Scotland’s struggle for independence. Take in top local attractions including Stirling Castle, and enjoy breathtaking views from the top of the iconic Wallace Monument. Then, visit Rosslyn Chapel before returning to Edinburgh.
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Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from EdinburghDay Trips

Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Edinburgh

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Explore Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle, and delve into the world of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Rob Roy on this tour from Edinburgh. Visit Stirling Castle—widely considered among Scotland’s most impressive fortresses—with a guide. Head through the Trossachs National Park to the Highland village of Balloch, nestled by the banks of magical Loch Lomond. Perhaps take a lake cruise or enjoy capturing the pretty town of Luss on camera before the journey back to Edinburgh.
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  • 8 hours 45 minutes
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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Day Trip from EdinburghDay Trips

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Experience the history and beauty of Scotland’s Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park on a full-day trip from Edinburgh. Traveling by mini-coach, visit the Kelpies Monument and Stirling Castle, associated with Scottish historical heroes William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Admire the Trossachs’ mountain-and-lake scenery as you meet Scotland’s famous Highland cows, and choose to tour either a whisky distillery or Doune Castle. Entrance fees at own expense.
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  • 10 hours
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Stirling Castle,Trossachs National and Loch Lomond Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Stirling Castle,Trossachs National and Loch Lomond Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Explore Stirling Castle, the Trossachs National Park, and Loch Lomond on this adventurous day tour from Edinburgh. Take a glimpse into Glasgow’s industrial past on route to beautiful Loch Lomond, and admire fine views over rugged Ben Lomond. Travel into the Trossachs National Park with a guide then, explore the ancient streets of Stirling and discover top attractions such as the mighty Stirling Castle—widely considered among Scotland’s most important fortresses.
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Day Trip to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with Optional Stirling Castle Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

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

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Soak up Scotland’s majestic countryside on a full-day tour of Highlands from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable coach, stop at Loch Lomond, the largest inland body of water in Great Britain. Wind through Trossachs National Park, spotted with moors, lochs and jutting peaks, and on to Stirling Castle, coronation place of Mary, Queen of Scots. Explore the grounds or purchase an optional tour of the castle’s opulent interior rooms. On the return journey to Edinburgh, the tour stops at the Kelpies. The world's largest equine sculptures dedicated to the horse-powered heritage of Central Scotland, designed by Andy Scott.
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  • 9 hours
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Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Explore the stunning Scottish Highlands on a full-day excursion that includes Glencoe and Loch Ness. Set own from Edinburgh aboard a comfortable coach bus to experience some of the area's top sights and attractions. Tour Deanston Distillery and sample its whisky, learn the fascinating history of Glencoe—a village made modernly famous as a setting for 'James Bond' and 'Harry Potter' films—and opt to take a boat cruise upon iconic Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the famous 'Nessie' as you go.
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  • 12 hours
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Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Uncover the mysteries of Loch Ness on an exciting day-trip from Edinburgh. Set out north along Scotland's West Coast to experience one of the country's most iconic lochs, best known for the fabled 'monster' said to reside deep within its waters. En route, pass some incredible sights, including the ruins of Linlithgow Palace, Ben Nevis―Britain's tallest mountain―and dramatic Highlands landscapes recognizable from films like 'Skyfall.' Your guide regales you with stories about the area, making for an exciting, informative―and if you're lucky, truly legendary―trip.
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  • 12 hours
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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from EdinburghDay Trips

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh

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This full-day Scottish Highlands tour takes you on a scenic drive from Edinburgh to the fabled Loch Ness. The journey travels by coach across Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe and through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus, where you’re treated to a locally made picnic lunch. Take an optional boat ride on the legendary loch in search of ‘Nessie’ before the return trip over the Drumochter Pass and through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire, with views of the UNESCO-listed Forth Bridge.
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Stirling Castle & Loch Day TourDay Trips

Stirling Castle & Loch Day Tour

On arrival at Stirling, you will have a visit to the Castle which would take around an hour and a half. After which we will travel westerly towards Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with a comfort stop at Kilmahog where you might have the opportunity to meet a Highland Cow family, and will have some time to buy Scottish souvenirs.
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Wallace monument, Stirling Castle,Linlithgow palace, Private Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Wallace monument, Stirling Castle,Linlithgow palace, Private Tour from Edinburgh

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- In one day you will visit most popular historic sites in Scotland - Stop for photos at the Forth Bridge (Queensferry) - Enjoy free time - See sights such as Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Linlithgow Palace - Please note that tours stops and timings are flexible and for reference purposes only • Full-day small group tour from Edinburgh • Mercedes V Class • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour (no one apart from you and your family members, friends will attend this tour) • Kids friendly (0+ age) • You have more free time for sightseeing compared to similar bus tours • Small group tour with a maximum of 4 passengers • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour • Tour can be customised • Please note that tours stops and timings are flexible and for reference purposes only
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from EdinburghOvernight Tours

2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience the enchantment of the Scottish Highlands on a small-group, 2-day trip from Edinburgh. As you travel through spectacular scenery, visit historical highlights like Doune Castle and witness the natural splendor of Loch Ness and Glen Coe. Delve into the history of Culloden battlefield, take a riverside stroll at Dunkeld and recognize Glenfinnan Viaduct, famed for its role in the ‘Harry Potter’ films. B&B or hostel accommodation is reserved but not included in the price. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
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Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Take in top natural attractions including Glencoe, Ben Nevis, and Loch Ness on this day trip from Edinburgh. Pass the iconic Stirling Castle en route through the Trossachs, then head onto Glencoe—a region steeped in history. Explore Fort William and Ben Nevis with a guide, then follow the Great Glen to the village of Fort Augustus. After lunch on the shores of Loch Ness, pass Loch Laggan and stop for a stroll in a Highland village.
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3-Day Isle of Skye Inverness Highlands and Glenfinnan Viaduct Tour from EdinburghMulti-day Tours

3-Day Isle of Skye Inverness Highlands and Glenfinnan Viaduct Tour from Edinburgh

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Explore the Scottish Highlands with this three-day tour from Edinburgh. Skip the hassle of a rental car and kick back in an air-conditioned coach with a local guide. Hear stories of Scotland’s history as you visit the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, and Inverness. This tour offers an immersive experience into one of the most scenic areas of the Scottish countryside.
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  • 3 days
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Full-Day Scenic Highlands Private Day Trip with a LocalDay Trips

Full-Day Scenic Highlands Private Day Trip with a Local

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From Edinburgh, the rugged Scottish Highlands are well within reach—and this full-day, private tour takes the hassle out of planning a trip. In the morning, meet your guide at your hotel and hop aboard your private, air-conditioned vehicle. Over the course of the day, you’ll explore Stirling Castle, will see the Balquhidder Church Ruins, will look for Nessie at Loch Ness, will taste whisky at Dalwhinnie Distillery, and much more.
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  • 12 hours
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On the Trail of Mary Queen of Scots Private Tour in a Minivan from EdinburghDay Trips

On the Trail of Mary Queen of Scots Private Tour in a Minivan from Edinburgh

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Swap the crowds on public transport for a stress-free way of exploring Scotland—a private tour in a premium minivan. This themed Mary Queen of Scots tour is ideal for history buffs, and especially travelers interested in the life of Scottish royalty. Visit multiple locations connected to Mary Queen of Scots, including Stirling Castle, Falkland Palace, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 8 hours
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Five Scottish Castles Private Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Five Scottish Castles Private Tour from Edinburgh

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Immerse yourself in the Medieval landscape as you embark on a private day tour of five historic Scottish castles. Maximize your time, and leave the crowded tour busses behind, as you venture to Midhope, Doune, Linlithgow, Aberdour, and Blackness Castles. Learn about the fascinating history behind each castle, and get the best viewpoints for taking photos. Your guide provides round trip transportation from Edinburgh for a seamless experience.
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  • 7 hours
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Stirling and Stirling Castle Private TourDay Trips

Stirling and Stirling Castle Private Tour

See the sights of Stirling without the fuss of traveling in a group on this private guided tour from Edinburgh. Explore the various rooms of the castle and learn about this city's role in Scottish history, and one of the most famous people associated with it, William Wallace. Afterward you can visit the National Wallace Monument, which overlooks the scene of his greatest victory, at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, in 1297, and offers sweeping views of the surrounding area.
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Blackness & Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument Private Day Tour from Edinburgh Day Trips

Blackness & Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

- In one day you will visit four most popular historic sites in Scotland - Stop for photos at the Forth Bridge (Queensferry) - Enjoy free time at all 4 locations - See sights such as Blackness Castle, Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Linlithgow Palace • Full-day small group tour from Edinburgh • Mercedes V Class • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour (no one apart from you and your family members, friends will attend this tour) • Kids friendly (0+ age) • You have more free time for sightseeing compared to similar bus tours • Small group tour with a maximum of 4 passengers • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour • Tour can be customised • Please note that tours stops and timings are flexible and for reference purposes only
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Stirling Luxury Private Tour with Scottish DriverDay Trips

Stirling Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

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Take the stress out of navigating on unfamiliar Scottish roads and let someone else take care of the driving instead. This tour is perfect for travelers with limited time who want to see the best of Stirling—the Gateway to the Highlands, in a day. Travel in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz vehicle with Wi-Fi and bottled water included to make it a stress-free experience. Highlights include The Battle of Bannockburn Experience, Stirling Castle, and Stirling Bridge.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Loch Lomond, Stirling, and Glengoyne Distillery Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Loch Lomond, Stirling, and Glengoyne Distillery Tour from Edinburgh

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Discover the jewels in Scotland’s crown on this 1-day Loch Lomond, Stirling, and Glengoyne Distillery tour from Edinburgh. Listen as a guide sheds light on Scottish history on route from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to Stirling. Take an optional tour of Stirling Castle and enjoy fine city views from the Wallace Monument. Head to Loch Lomond in the Trossachs National Park and either take an optional cruise or stroll along the shoreline at your leisure. Finish your day with an optional Glengoyne Distillery tour and learn how drams are made.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Driving Tour to Stirling, Battle Of Banockburn,William Wallace,whiskyDay Trips

Private Driving Tour to Stirling, Battle Of Banockburn,William Wallace,whisky

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Hop aboard a luxury vehicle and benefit from the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour from Edinburgh. Enjoy spectacular views across the Firth of Forth as you drive across the Queensferry Crossing, visit the site of the notorious Battle of Banockburn, then continue to Stirling, where you’ll have time to visit both Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Highlights of Scotland Customisable Luxury Private TourDay Trips

Highlights of Scotland Customisable Luxury Private Tour

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There’s no need to coordinate your own visit to the blustery Scottish Highlands, Lochs, and whisky distilleries, when you can explore in luxury on this full-day, comprehensive, and customizable tour. Your local driver will tell stories as they transport your private tour group between attractions in comfort and style, freeing you up to enjoy the scenery and experience the best Scotland has to offer.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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