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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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Private Sightseeing Tours

Stirling Luxury Private Sightseeing Excursion with Chauffeur

This action-packed luxury Stirling tour is ideal for travelers with limited time. Avoid the hassle of organizing car rental, and enjoy a stress-free excursion with door-to-door transfers in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz vehicle included. Stay connected as you travel with on board Wi-Fi, and enjoy seeing many top sights including Stirling Castle, the Church of the Holy Rude, The Battle of Bannockburn Experience, and much more.
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Stirling Private City Tour

Our Stirling city tours are private and completely tailor-made to your interests and needs.In all our tours we take time to visit Stirling Castle and the Old Town in the morning, but we will design a custom-made itinerary for the rest of the day specifically for you. We will guide you around Stirling, tell you about its history and legends, and make sure you enjoy a perfect day in our town.If you wish to tell us about any particular thing you'd like to see on your visit, don't hesitate to contact us at contact@bramblingbus.scot. Otherwise, see you in Stirling for an amazing day out!
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Greenock Shore Excursion, Private Tour. Stirling Castle & Glengoyne Whisky.

- The Key To The Kingdom Of Scotland.- Medieval Fortification And Inside Was A Royal Palace.- Taste The Spirit Of Scotland At Glengoyne Whisky Distillery.
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Private tour Stirling & Loch Lomond with professional tourist guide (Spanish)

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Blackness&Stirling Castle, Linlithgow palace Small Group 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 - Small group tour with a maximum of 4 passengers (for best comfort 3 passen- Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour- Car Vauxhall Insignia
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The Loch, Castle & Distillery Experience

Lochs, Castles and Distilleries are three things that most visitors find synonymous with Scotland. Ideal for those who want a little bit of everything!Start your day with embracing in the history and scenery of Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s grandest castles, you'll then be ready for some sampling of "uisce beatha" at the famous and beautiful Glengoye Distillery, to finish your day, experience the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands with our visit to Loch Lomond Shores, where you can take a stroll, a cruise or enjoy some lunch with breath taking views over the loch and Ben Lomond
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Cultural Tours

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Stirling 'Old Town' Walking Tour

Discover the unique Old Town of Stirling. On this tour we take you around the key sights of the old town. Hear about the Kings and Queens who reigned, the grave-robbers of the church and see a few hidden treasures along the way. This is the only tour that will give you an overview of both the history and modern life in Stirling - a must do for any visitor to our wonderful city!Our guides are all locals who love where they live. They are passionate about Stirling and are able to give you an engaging and family-friendly tour. Ask them any questions you may have!
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Highlands of Scotland Luxury Private Sightseeing Excursion with Chauffeur

Your Journey into the Highlands of Scotland visiting the Victorian town of Pitlochry and taking the opportunity to sample a dram of our Scotch, 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 of the Scottish Highlands at your pace, with no waiting for other passengers and as it is your tour if there is something you really want to see Aura will ensure it is added to your itinerary. With so many places to visit our sightseeing tour allows you to sit back and relax in luxury taking in the stunning views the Highlands have to offer, and if you want to stop you can. Just remember this is Your Day, Your Way!With Door to Door service from Glasgow, complimentary Bottled Water and Wi-Fi Access you truly are getting that First Class experience.
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3 Day Tour of Scotland Departing Edinburgh or Glasgow

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Explore The Royal Line

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Glasgow, Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Tour in Spanish

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Private Mary Queen of Scots Tour with free self guided MQS Edinburgh Tour

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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

Loch Lomond Luxury Private Sightseeing Excursion with Chauffeur

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Scottish Highlands Tour

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  • 3 days
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Private Central Highlands Driving Tour from Edinburgh

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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Extraordinary Journeys

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Air Tours

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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Cultural Tours

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  • 10 hours
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