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…
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 hig…
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 King Charles II might use Stirling Castle…
Church in Stirling

Church of the Holy Rude

The Church of the Holy Rude has been the town’s parish church for 600 years; the infant King James VI was crowned here in 1567, making it the only British church still in daily use to have witnessed a royal coronati…
Historic Site in Stirling

Beheading Stone

According to legend, this lump of stone was used as a chopping block for executions during the 15th century. It is displayed beneath a canopy of iron bars on a plinth on Mote Hill overlooking Stirling Bridge, and ca…
Museum in Stirling

Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum

This museum, set in the heart of Stirling Castle, traces the history of the regiment from 1794, including its famous defensive action in the Battle of Balaclava in 1854. Make sure you read the moving letters from th…
Historic Building in Stirling

Mar's Wark

Mar's Wark (wark is an old Scots word for 'building') is the ornate facade of a Renaissance town house commissioned in 1569 by the wealthy Earl of Mar, regent of Scotland during James VI's minority.
Historic Building in Stirling

Cowane's Hospital

Cowane’s Hospital was built as an almshouse in 1637 by the merchant John Cowane. It has been closed since 2015, but there are plans to restore the building and open it to the public once again.
Monument in Stirling

Mercat Cross

The Mercat Cross is topped with a unicorn (known as the 'Puggie'), and was once the focus of a bustling market.