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Stirling

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The Gateway to the Highlands is one of Scotland’s most historic cities, home to medieval landmarks, a picturesque old town and glorious parks.

A city of history and culture, Stirling is the Brave Heart of Scotland. It straddles central Scotland’s Forth River and is a gateway to the magnificent Scottish Highlands.

Get an overview of the city at Stirling Castle. Perched on a hill, it affords uninterrupted views of the city and surrounding countryside. Explore halls and gardens for a glimpse into the lifestyle of former royal residents such as Mary Queen of Scots. Join locals as they welcome in the New Year at the castle during Hogmanay Celebrations, which feature fireworks and live entertainment.

Below the castle, the Old Town is a quaint district of cobblestone streets lined with landmarks. Stroll around the Back Walk to discover several interesting attractions. Go to Argyll’s Lodging to experience the life of 1600s Scottish nobility. Opposite the historic Church of the Holy Rude, join costumed local guides on a Stirling Walking Tour of the Old Town. Enjoy comedy and drama on these entertaining journeys, which cost a small fee.

Take the family to some of Stirling’s public parks. Visit the royal gardens of King’s Knot, famous for its ornamental hedges. Nearby King’s Park has a golf course, children’s play areas and a skate park. Admission is free at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum where Allie's Garden has been designed with children in mind. Inside the museum, view interesting artifacts including the world’s oldest football.

Use Stirling’s public buses to reach attractions outside the city center. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of medieval combat at the Battle of Bannockburn Experience. This attraction uses 3-D technology to put you in the center of the battle in which Robert the Bruce was victorious over the English. At the National Wallace Monument, a memorial to the Scottish hero, William Wallace, climb 246 to the top and enjoy views over Stirling.

Conveniently set in the heart of Scotland, Stirling is less than 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The city is a great base for arranging excursions into the Scottish Highlands and other attractions. Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are both reachable via daytrips.

Stirling Court Hotel
Stirling Court Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is NZ$126 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Situated in a rural location, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Stirling, Stirling Castle and National Wallace Monument. Old ...
4.1/5Very Good! (595 reviews)
"Everything was brilliant apart from the pool which wasn't available to us!"

Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2021

Stirling Court Hotel
Macdonald Forest Hills Resort
Macdonald Forest Hills Resort
4 out of 5
Situated in a national park, this spa resort is within 6 miles (10 km) of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Loch Ard Forest and Doon Hill and Fairy Knowe. Aberfoyle ...
4/5Very Good! (35 reviews)
Spacious lodges with beautiful views
"We stayed in a 2 bedroom lodge which was really spacious with plenty room for a family of 5 with 2 big teenagers and a dog. Amazing views from the lodge with a well equipped kitchen. The living room area was a bit tired with the sofa nearly at the end of its life, but overall it was really big and ..."

Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2020

Macdonald Forest Hills Resort
The Stirling Highland Hotel
The Stirling Highland Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is NZ$169 per night from 23 Aug. to 23 Aug.
Located in the heart of Stirling, this spa hotel is steps away from Old Town Jail and Tolbooth. Smith Art Gallery and Museum and Stirling Castle are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (949 reviews)
"We had a lovely super king size bed, the room was spacious and was very clean"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2021

The Stirling Highland Hotel
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Cardross Estate Holiday Cottages
Cardross Estate Holiday Cottages
3 out of 5
Situated near the airport, this cottage is within 9 miles (15 km) of Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith and Aberfoyle Golf Club. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Most amazing stay, lovely cottage with great views. Woke up to a family of sheep in the garden was so lovely seeing them and all the nature around. The walk in the pine garden was beautiful Thanks again for a great trip"

Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2021

Cardross Estate Holiday Cottages
Bright, Cosy Lower Floor Flat in Victorian Listed Villa
Bright, Cosy Lower Floor Flat in Victorian Listed Villa
23A Kenilworth Rd, Stirling, SCT
Situated in a rural location, this historic apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Stirling, Stirling Castle and National Wallace Monument. ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Excellent flat and wlecoming hostess
"The flat is light and airy. The rooms are good-sized and the kitchen is well-equipped with new appliances. Well-furnished with everyhting you might need for a comfortable stay and a very good selection of books as well. Jane, the hostess, and her husband are welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

Bright, Cosy Lower Floor Flat in Victorian Listed Villa
Royal Gardens Apartments
Royal Gardens Apartments
4 out of 5
Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Art Gallery and Museum and Stirling Castle. National Wallace ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"Beautiful apartment with great views. Close to everything. Only complaint was heating not on when we arrived quite late so pretty cold in winter for the one night but fine once it warmed up."

Reviewed on 24 Dec. 2019

Royal Gardens Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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