Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Stirling

Stirling Castle

Hold Stirling and you control Scotland. This maxim has ensured that a fortress of some kind has existed here since prehistoric times. You cannot help drawing parallels with Edinburgh Castle, but many find Stirling's…
Top Choice Historic Building in Stirling

Old Town Jail

This impressive Victorian prison building lay derelict from the 1960s until 2015, when it was reopened as a visitor attraction. Costumed guides lead tours around the former prison cells and up to the top of the obse…
Castle in Doune

Doune Castle

Magnificent Doune Castle is one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Scotland, having remained largely unchanged since it was built for the duke of Albany in the 14th century. It has been used as a set for t…
Museum in Stirling

Bannockburn Heritage Centre

Robert the Bruce's defeat of the English army on 24 June 1314 at Bannockburn established Scotland as a separate nation. The Bannockburn Heritage Centre uses interactive technology to bring the battle to life. The hi…
Monument in Stirling

National Wallace Monument

Perched high on a crag above the floodplain of the River Forth, this Victorian monument is so Gothic it deserves circling bats and croaking ravens. In the shape of a medieval tower, it commemorates William Wallace, …
Historic Building in Stirling

Argyll's Lodging

This elegant building is Scotland's most impressive 17th-century town house, built for a wealthy local merchant and later acquired by the earl of Argyll when he thought that Charles II might use Stirling Castle as a…
Church in Dunblane

Dunblane Cathedral

Dunblane Cathedral is a superbly elegant example of Gothic architecture – the lower parts of the bell tower date from the 11th century and the rest mainly from the 13th century, though it was all restored in late-Vi…
Museum in Stirling

Smith Art Gallery & Museum

Oswald the museum cat greets visitors to this treasure trove of local history, which tells the story of Stirling from prehistoric to modern times. The prize exhibit is the world's oldest football, discovered in 1981…
Bridge in Stirling

Stirling Old Bridge

Dating from the 15th century, this graceful arched stone bridge is one of the oldest in Scotland, now reserved for pedestrians and cyclists only. An earlier wooden bridge, which once lay a short distance upstream, w…
Library in Dunblane

Leighton Library

The musty old Leighton Library, dating from 1684, is the oldest purpose-built library in Scotland. In the company of a guide, visitors get to handle and read books from the original collection of Robert Leighton, th…