Stirling highlights: Should Stirling be on every Scotland itinerary?
Stirling Highlights blog
One of Scotland’s great historical hubs, Stirling only achieved city status in 2002, but has plenty to keep any passerby entertained. Stirling is fantastically placed at the heart of Central Scotland and offers easy accessibility to the whole region.
Stirling Castle is arguably Scotland’s most impressive since its recent refurbishment. It dominates the city skyline and is top of the list of Stirling highlights. It is easy to see why it has always been of such strategic importance in Scottish military history. The castle offers first-class guided tours discussing the hugely significant history of the castle and the Royal palace has recently had a huge facelift to re-create the style of the 1540’s. Visitors will struggle to find a better day out than a trip to Stirling Castle.
Between the city centre and the castle, a walk along the cobbled streets of the Old Town is a highlight. Look out for Mar’s Walk and the Church of the Holy rude. They give insights into the history of the Scottish monarchy and the complex religious divides. There is also Stirling Old Town Jail beside the Church which is a great activity for kids.
The Marches shopping centre has the biggest range of big name stores in the city while the Stirling Arcade houses the best independent retailers. Both are centrally located and close to the other city amenities. The city also has good train links from the central station.
A short trip from the centre you cannot miss the Wallace Monument. While many of the good people from Lanark might make a case for the monument to be placed nearer to their town given that this was his home, the placement of it in Stirling is spectacular. The impressive structure was built in tribute to Scotland’s Guardian in the country’s many wrangles with England in centuries past. Ascend the 246 steps and travel back in time to discover the life of William Wallace and then enjoy some wonderful views at the monuments’ summit.