A must see for anyone visiting Scotland to get a true feel for the interior of the country. It’s all about Robert the Bruce. See where the famous man lived and fought. Go to Stirling Castle to see a magnificent vista for miles. Of course all castles are strategically placed to survey the land, but this one is extremely so. This valley is amazingly breathtaking and filled with history, and there is a river, so for a great escape inland this is the place to go.
The castle itself has been reworked and restored, much of the inside has been cleaned up and structured as it may have been. Historical re-enactors and guides are in many rooms and give life to the castle. After the touring, walk down crooked streets to the main section of town for a bite to eat, or take a side tour to the small cemetery with fantastic views of the valley. Or take a day walk tour in the area and discover some of the filming locations for Outlaw King and Outlander.
And there is a world famous Scottish International crime writing festival there called Bloody Scotland. If anything should get you to go, that should.
The town is a great place to walk and yes, filled with cobblestones and Wynds. I stayed in a converted school that was very close to the castle, the Stirling Highland Hotel. This was a very convenient place to stay, but if I went again I would try a B&B as I really like the intimacy of these places. And of course there is full Scottish Breakfast everywhere you go. I recommend that if you can afford it, doing a rental car since there is so much country to see. I braved it out and took public transport to a fabulous place I had seen in a few films and series, Doune Castle.
This castle was featured in Monty Python’s Holy Grail, Game of Thrones and Outlander. Terry Jones lends his voice to the historical tour and a sexy Scot named Sam Heughan from a little series called Outlander lends commentary as well in a soft Scottish burr.
Places to stay in Stirling. Prices vary depending on time of year. As always, check reviews on Boutique and Breakfast Guide B&Bs or Good Hotel Guide UK.
Golden Lion Hotel (City Centre) ££-£££
Stirling Highland Hotel (Close to the castle) Part of the Cairn Group See review below. ££-£££
The Portcullis Hotel (Close to Castle) Great pub lounge ££
Friars Wynd Boutique Hotel ££-£££
Royal Gardens Apartments (Self Catering) ££££
Stirling Highland Hotel Review