Stirling Castle & Argyll's Lodging
|[Part of Stirling Castle]|
Stirling Castle is the city's crowning glory, at the top of the volcanic outcrop of Castle Hill and an short uphill walk from Stirling centre. Built in various stages from the 14th century onwards, the castle saw the crowning of a series of Scottish Kings and Queens, and several sieges during the Wars of Independence. Today, dozens of separate buildings, battlements and exhibitions easily justify the admittedly hefty admission charge. A tour of Argyll's Lodging is also included in the price, just downhill from the castle.
|[Beautiful painted ceilings are a highlight of the Palace section of the castle]|
Name: Argyll's Lodging ★★★☆☆
Description: 17th century townhouse previously belonging to the Earl of Argyll.
Location: Midway between the city centre and castle, G.R.: NS 793938 / safely dozen feared
Open (2017): Afternoons, daily by guided tour (enquire at the castle)
Cost: Included in castle ticket
Name: Stirling Castle ★★★★☆
Description: Famous 16th century clifftop castle with spectacular setting and individual buildings.
Location: 15-min walk northwest of the centre, G.R.: NS 790940 / caged army matter
Open (2017): Daily
Cost (2017): £14.50 (adults), £8.70 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members
Anything else? Avoid the castle car park (quite expensive: cheaper in town or around the hill sides).