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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. Guided tours, which take place hourly between 10am and 5pm, are included with entry.
 
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 skip-the-line access 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
Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (until 5 p.m. in winter)
Admission: Adults: £14, Children: £8.70
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Stirling Castle Entrance Ticket

Glimpse into the decedent world of Scottish royalty with this ticket to Stirling Castle. While away the hours exploring the former royal residence, once home to James IV and Mary Queen of Scots. Tour the Renaissance Royal Palace, the Great Hall and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum, and learn the castle’s rich history including the coronation of the infant Queen Mary and famous battles like the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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The Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle Shore Experience

Drive through Scotland’s wild country side and explore the shimmering lochs and glens throughout the Trossach national park before marching towards the famous Stirling Castle. Walk through the great hall and the Queens Palace which is one of Scotland’s finest examples of Renaissance architecture and also the ancient home to a young Mary Queen of Scots.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Bannockburn & Stirling Castle Private Tour departing from Greater Glasgow Area

Private Bannockburn and Stirling Castle from Tartan Tours Scotland for  parties of 1- 4 people. Tours leave from the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, You will collected at your hotel or agreed meeting place. • Bannockburn - the site of Robert the Bruce's most famous battle. • Stirling Castle - the majestic Castle on the hill overlooking Stirling. Private tour of 1- 4 people. Travelling in luxury we provide soft drink and snacks to keep you going between locations.   Being a private tour you will also have your own tour guide for the day.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh

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. See Mary Queen of Scots' birthplace, 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 take a boat cruise upon iconic Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the famous 'Nessie' as you go.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh

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.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

Discover the dramatic beauty, history and mystery of Scotland on this full-day trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, wind through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Cairngorms National Park and the mysterious Loch Ness – fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie! Spot the famous Stirling Castle on route and hear about legendary warfare like the battles of William Wallace and the massacre of Glen Coe in the 17th century.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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 you'll 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 will also regale you with stories about the area, making for an exciting, informative―and if you're lucky, truly 'legendary'―trip.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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 by Mercedes minivan is limited to 16 passengers for a memorable experience.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle Day tour from Edinburgh

Explore Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle, and delve into the world of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Rob Roy on this 8.5-hour tour from Edinburgh. Visit Stirling Castle — widely considered among Scotland’s most impressive fortresses — with a guide. Enjoy free time in the town of Callander. Then, head through the Trossachs National Park to the Highland village of Balloch, nestled by the banks of magical Loch Lomond. Perhaps enjoy a 1-hour lake cruise or enjoy capturing the pretty town of Luss on camera before the journey back to Edinburgh.
  • Duration: 8 hours 45 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 45 minutes
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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

Build your own custom (and cost-efficient!) tour of Scotland’s best attractions with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass! With your 5-day or 14-day pass, visit castles, cathedrals, distilleries and more! Make the most of the advanced ticket entry at popular sites like Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, and discounted audio tours at select venues. With free entry to more 77 attractions around the country, the Explorer Pass offers something for the whole family.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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3-Day Isle of Skye Inverness Highlands and Glenfinnan Viaduct Tour from Edinburgh

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.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow

Discover Scotland’s dramatic landscape and even more dramatic history on this full-day tour from Glasgow. In a small group, wind through the Scottish Highlands to Stirling Castle, former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Hear about legendary battles that took place there, then continue on to Doune Castle and Trossachs National Park. Stroll around Loch Lomond and take an optional whisky tour of Glengoyne Distillery.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle Tour from Glasgow

Explore the beautiful Trossachs National Park on this Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle tour from Glasgow. Head into the Scottish Highlands with a guide and enjoy an optional cruise on peaceful Loch Lomond. Alternatively, explore the village of Luss at your leisure. Then, travel through the Trossachs National Park to Aberfoyle — where Rob Roy MacGregor made his name. Visit Stirling Castle (own expense), widely considered among Scotland’s most important fortresses, and gain insight into Scotland’s rich history. Admire fine views from the castle walls, then return to Glasgow.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Glasgow Shore Excursion: Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Stirling Castle

Make the best of your time in port with a full-day shore excursion from Glasgow through Scotland’s dramatic countryside. Aboard a comfortable coach, wind through the Scottish Highlands to Doune Castle and the famous Stirling Castle, coronation place of Mary, Queen of Scots. Hear about legendary warfare that rattled the region, then continue on to Trossachs National Park for a stop at the charming village of Aberfoyle and Loch Lomond.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Central Highlands driving tour

Escape the bustle of Edinburgh for a full-day private tour of the central Highlands. See castles, waterfalls, and historic villages as your local guide takes care of the driving. Customize the itinerary according to your personal interests, including a possible stop at a whisky distillery. Get personalized advice on where to eat traditional food. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Loch Lomond, Stirling, and Glengoyne Distillery Tour from Edinburgh

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh

Take in top natural attractions including Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness on this 1-day tour from Edinburgh. Pass the iconic Stirling Castle on route through the Trossachs, then head onto Rannoch Moor and 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. Then, admire the Forth Bridge on route back to Edinburgh.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Stirling Castle,Trossachs National and Loch Lomond Day Tour from Edinburgh

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 and visit the pretty Highland village of Aberfoyle, where life ticks by at a wonderfully relaxing pace. Explore the ancient streets of Stirling and discover top attractions such as the mighty Stirling Castle — widely considered among Scotland’s most important fortresses.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Scottish castles tour - private tour of four ancient castles

Visit four Scottish castles on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Three of the castles—Duone, Linlithgow, and Drummond Castle—are featured in the television show “Outlander.” Fans will also recognize Duone Castle as the fictional Winterfell in “Game of Thrones.” Stirling Castle was the home of Scottish aristocrats for many generations—its imposing position and architecture make it one of the county’s most recognizable landmarks.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Day Trip from Edinburgh

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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3-DAY TOUR ISLE OF SKYE & FAIRY POOLS

Experience the best of the Highlands of Scotland and the Isle of Skye in this 3 day tour departing from Edinburgh. Take in all the magnificent sights that make this country so special in people’s heart: breathtaking sceneries, mystical Lochs, Britain's highest mountains, and extinct volcanoes that shaped the landscape in spectacular ways.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Stirling Luxury Private Sightseeing Excursion with Chauffeur

Your Stirling and Wallace Monument sightseeing excursion takes in the Gateway to the Highlands, using a luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle and a local chauffeur with years of Scottish experience. Your day is planned to cover all the sights and attractions that Stirling the Gateway to the Highlands have to offer, with no waiting for other passengers so if there is something you really want to see we will ensure it is added to your itinerary. Just remember this is Your Day, Your Way!With Door to Door service from Edinburgh, complimentary Bottled Water and Wi-Fi Access you truly are getting that First Class experience.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

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 Glenfinnian 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.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Stirling Castle, Trossachs, Loch Lomond and Whisky Tour

Join us on this day trip that includes the best of what Scotland has to offer in one day from Glasgow - history, castles, lochs, mountains, traditional taverns and that all-important whisky distillery tour. You will experience the impressive Scottish fortress that is Stirling Castle, the hills, glens and lochs of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National park including a stop on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond. We finish with a tour of the fabulous Auchentoshan Whisky Distillery.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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