Haste ye back to Stirling - Standing at the mouth of the great River Forth, guarding the border between the Highlands and Lowlands, Stirling has always been the very heart of Scotland.
Its castle was a favourite residence of Scotland’s kings where they held court, feasted, hunted and witnessed spectacular tournaments. The plains either side of the river were also the sites of some of the most important battles for control of the kingdom, like Stirling Bridge in 1297 and Bannockburn in 1314.
Nowadays Stirling is a wonderful place to enjoy history, culture, countryside, adventure activities and much more. Having sampled all that it has to offer during June’s day of entertainment – the Stirling Military Show Event – you'll be sure to return again and again.
Stirling Castle: One of the top visitor experiences in Europe, this magnificent castle is one of the most important places in Scottish history. Childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots and of James VI and I, it was a place of majesty. Today you can experience the refurbished 16th century royal palace of James V and Marie de Guise, see the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, walk the ramparts and enjoy the state-of-the-art visitor centre. The Castle also holds regular events and activities.
The Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre:
Over seven hundred years after the battle, experience medieval combat like never before. The visitor centre’s cutting edge 3D technology puts you right at the heart of the action as you stand face-to-face with lifesize medieval warriors. Collect tips from the characters you'll meet in the Prepare for Battle area and then put them to use in the Battleroom, where you'll lead your own troops and pit your wits against fellow visitors on the virtual battlefield. After the battlegame, we'll show you what happened in 1314 and uncover how Robert the Bruce led his troops to victory over Edward II.
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum: Located inside Stirling Castle, this museum tells the 200-year story of one of the British Army’s elite regiments. The castle was the regimental headquarters and the museum tells its story through the experiences of its soldiers, NCOs and officers. It’s a chance to discover tales of courage and commitment from the Boer War, both world wars and beyond.
The National Wallace Monument: Reopening after a major refurbishment, the National Wallace Monument towers above the city and the battlefield where William Wallace one his great victory of 1297. Visitors can discover the story of Scotland’s Braveheart as part of a great day out.
For shopping, walking, dining out, sports, art, entertainment, events and festivals Stirling is the perfect place to visit. A few more examples of what we have to offer include: