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Commonly referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’, the city of Stirling is a major site for Scottish history. Thanks to its location on the mouth of the rushing River Forth, it was of vital strategic importance in times past, and a number of bloody battles were fought here. Nowadays, visitors flock to tour the grand fortress of Stirling Castle that rises proudly from its surrounding forest, walk the rugged hills of the highlands and visit the Wallace Monument.

Things to see

Exploring the city’s history is a great place to start with any visit to Stirling. Stepping through the grand compound of Stirling Castle, with its restored Great Hall, and the elaborate renaissance and gothic architectural motifs of the Royal Palace, gives an insight into the historic importance of the city. You can traverse the battlements, complete with shining ebony cannon, while taking in the sweeping panoramic views of the lush highlands, and marvel at the colourful intricacies of the tapestries housed within this seemingly impregnable fortress. A short way from the castle, the National Wallace Monument stands proudly atop the hill of Abbey Craig, and commemorates not only William Wallace, but a number of other Scottish heroes. Inside, you’ll find Wallace’s hefty long sword, and there’s even a Braveheart statue inspired by the Hollywood film. Afterwards, you can head for a warming drink at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum café.

Hotels in Stirling

Stirling hotels cover all kinds of accommodation to suit a variety of travellers. There’s discount hotels, mid-range business friendly accommodation, and pleasant guesthouses peppered around the historic streets that offer easy access to the cultural sights. WiFi access is complimentary in the public spaces of most hotels in Stirling, and some offer free internet access in rooms too. You can check the opening hours of local attractions, and when to catch tours with staff while enjoying a generous Scottish breakfast (complimentary, of course), before heading off on your adventures in the city. Most locations also offer free guest parking.

Where to stay

If you want to be as close as possible to the city centre, and historic attractions like the castle then finding accommodation along Spittal Street will mean you’re mere moments away. The train station is also close by too, so this can be a handy location if you’re planning on venturing further afield. Business travellers on flying visits might want to base themselves near the Springkerse Industrial Estate, as there’s cheap accommodation there, and you’ll be close to a number of businesses. For those seeking secluded country walks, then Allan Bridge is near peaceful woodland, and the shimmering Allan Water.

How to get to Stirling

The 2 nearest airports to Stirling are Edinburgh and Glasgow. If you’re travelling from overseas, then Glasgow Airport is probably the better choice. From here, you can easily catch train services from Glasgow Queen Street station that will get you to Stirling. Trains are frequent, running at about 30 minute intervals. If you’re travelling from further South, but aren’t flying, then there are once daily services direct to Stirling from London Kings Cross or Euston stations. Stirling itself is easy to get around on foot, and there’s a handy tour bus service that operates a ‘hop on, hop off’ service.