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.

Top hotels in Stirling

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
AU$94
per night
11 Dec. - 12 Dec.

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Loch Ard Forest and Aberfoyle ...

4/5Very Good! (429 reviews)

"the setting was stunning , the rooms were large clean and comfortable. Some updating required in the room I stayed in."…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019

Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
The Stirling Highland Hotel
The Stirling Highland Hotel
4 out of 5
AU$136
per night
2 Dec. - 3 Dec.

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (940 reviews)

"A beautiful hotel with lots of original features. Fantastic location with everything within walking distance. Staff and rooms are all first class. This is the 3rd time we have stayed here and will be back."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2019

The Stirling Highland Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Stirling
Holiday Inn Express Stirling
3 out of 5
AU$74
per night
22 Dec. - 23 Dec.

Situated in Stirling, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.9 km) from The Engine Shed and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Stirling Castle. Tolbooth and Old Town Jail are also within 2 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (790 reviews)

"Room one day was not cleaned at all every thing else wasvery good and tidy staff very nice and manager was very helpful when i informed him we stayed 3 nights it was saturday it was not cleaned"…"

Reviewed on 7 Nov. 2019

Holiday Inn Express Stirling

Popular activities in Stirling

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
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Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

4.5/5(78 reviews)

Visit this Scottish national park to hike through ancient woodlands, relax on the shore of the largest body of freshwater in Britain and enjoy local produce.

Stirling Castle
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Stirling Castle

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Get a glimpse into the lives of Scotland's historical monarchs at this immaculately preserved hilltop fort and royal residence.

National Wallace Monument
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National Wallace Monument

5/5(1 review)

Inspect the legendary sword of a Scottish hero as you climb the levels of this impressive tower shrine on a hill.

Top activities in Stirling

Braveheart & Whisky
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Braveheart & Whisky

AU$1,155

Start your day heading into “Braveheart country”, with a photo stop at Stirling Castle,the battlefields of Bannockburn and a visit to the impressive Doune Castle and some iconic Highland cattle, then It's into Rob Roy country and the National Park of “The Trossachs”.

Walking Tours in Stirling
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Walking Tours in Stirling

AU$15

Our walking tours are a must if you are looking for a great exprience. You will explore the secrets of Stirling's Old town, the best preserved medieval city in Scotland with our local tour guide and expert Dr Murray Cook.

Vacation Photographer in Stirling
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Vacation Photographer in Stirling

AU$46

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

A Snapshot Of Scotland
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A Snapshot Of Scotland

AU$49

Starting later in the day, the tour takes a short journey to the beautiful town of Linlithgow, where you can visit the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots; Linlithgow Palace.

Full-Day Scenic Highlands Private Trip with a Private Guide
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Full-Day Scenic Highlands Private Trip with a Private Guide

AU$113

The Scottish Highlands are part of a historic region of Scotland you should definitely visit while in Edinburgh. All the way to Dalwhinnie, the dramatic landscape of ancient rocks, deep valleys and sapphire blue lochs will enchant on a scenic private full-day day trip.

Glasgow - Trump Turnberry Luxury Resort - S-Class Private Chauffeur
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Glasgow - Trump Turnberry Luxury Resort - S-Class Private Chauffeur

AU$134

What to expect Using our Executive Mercedes Benz S Class, S350 AMG Your transfer once on board we will take you directly to your destination. Our Mercedes Benz S Class S350 Executive AMG is finished to the highest standard with full Electric Rear Leather Seats, Electric Rear Blind, Air Conditioning, USB Charging.

Reviews of Stirling

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Verified traveller

6 Jul. 2019

Stirling Castle is worth a visit as is the Falkirk Wheel.

2/5 - Disappointing

Darrin

20 Apr. 2019

I would not stay there again due to the lack of acknowledgment from managerial staff regarding disruptive events. Reading other reviews, this is not the first complaint about the fire alarm and actions taken by managing staff.