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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…
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…
Austrian in Stirling

Hermann’s

This elegant Scottish-Austrian restaurant is a reliable and popular choice, with conservative decor oddly offset by magazine-spread skiing photos, but the food doesn’t miss a beat and ranges from Scottish favourites…
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…
Pub Food in Stirling

Portcullis

Built in stone as solid as the castle that it stands below, this former school is just the spot for a pint and a pub lunch after your castle visit. With bar meals that would have had even William Wallace loosening h…
Pub Food in Stirling

Birds & Bees

A bit of a local secret, this – a country pub in a converted barn, hidden away on a back road on the city's northern fringes. There's faux-rustic decor and a crowd-pleasing pub-grub menu that runs from nachos and te…