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  • Address: Castle Wynd, Stirling FK8 1EJ, Scotland
  • Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (until 5 p.m. in winter)
  • Admission: Adults: £9, Children (5-15yrs): £5.40

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Stirling Castle

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, Edinburgh, null
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Stirling Castle Entrance Ticket

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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 $19.20
Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle Tour from Glasgow, Glasgow, Attraction Tickets
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Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle Tour from Glasgow

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Upon leaving Glasgow you will visit the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond where you can take a lovely 1 hour cruise across its waters, or you can pay a visit ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.66
Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Immerse yourself in spectacular scenery, beguiling mystery and dramatic history on this day trip from Edinburgh. Traveling to the Scottish Highlands, witness ...  Read more

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

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Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

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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 $47.66
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow, Glasgow, Day Trips
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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

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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.)

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Loch Ness Glencoe Highlands and Whisky-Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Loch Ness Glencoe Highlands and Whisky-Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Enjoy a full day tour in an air-conditioned mini coach taking you to discover the incredible natural beauty of Loch Ness, Glencoe and the highlands. A ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.57
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Join this small group tour (maximum 16 passengers) and follow in the footsteps of great Scottish heroes on this historic and scenic trip into the Scottish ...  Read more

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

From USD $51.63
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and The Scottish Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day ... 
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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and The Scottish Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh

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From big cities to small towns and a wonderful experience in the Highlands, there's so much to see! This tour is a lovely way to experience Scotland!

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

From USD $48.98
Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh

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This is the undisputed tour for history lovers. We journey through Scottish history stopping at Dunfermline Abbey, Stirling Castle and finally Rosslyn Chapel ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $51.63
Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle Day tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle Day tour from Edinburgh

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Explore the world of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Rob Roy. Visit Stirling Castle, an important site in Scottish history, travel through the landscape ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

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