[The Ochil Hills and the Wallace Monument from the Beheading Stone, Mote Hill]

Unquestionably a jewel in the heart of Scotland, Stirling probably ranks second only to Edinburgh for the title of the country's most picturesque city. Beyond the central shopping district lie countless historic buildings and monuments, and the castle's position atop an old volcano completes the picture. Don't miss walking around the edge of the old City Wall and out to Mote Hill for brilliant views across to the Ochils, Ben Lomond and the Trossachs, and down towards Stirling Old Bridge and the King's Knot. The city centre only measures a kilometre or so from end to end, so getting around the various sights is quick - all those listed below are within easy walking distance from the centre.

[Part of the King's Knot, seen from the city walls]

Name: Stirling ★★☆
Location (city centre car parks): G.R.: NS 798932 ///

[Stirling Castle]

Within walking distance

Name: King's Knot ☆☆☆
Description: Extensive grassy earthworks, part of the huge King's Park leisure ground laid out for Charles I's Scottish coronation.
Location: Dumbarton Road, 15-min walk west of the centre, G.R. NS 789936 ///tree.shares.after
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? The scale of the earthworks means the best view is from above, such as from the city walls.

Name: Mote Hill ★☆☆
Description: Stirling's best viewpoint for all points north, with two old cannons and a stone formerly used for executions.
Location: 20-min walk north of the centre, G.R. NS 794945 ///november.comply.wisely
Anything else? Walking around the western side of the castle on occasionally muddy dirt paths is the most scenic approach, but quicker and less complex access from Upper Bridge Street.

>> see Stirling Castle & Argyll's Lodging post for Argyll's Lodging ★☆☆; Stirling Castle ★★☆

Name: Stirling Old Bridge ☆☆☆
Description: Historic 15th or 16th century stone bridge replacing earlier timber constructions, close to the site of the 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge.
Location: Bridgehaugh Road, 20-min walk north of the centre, G.R.: NS 797946 ///escalates.lion.builder
Open: Always
Cost: Free

[Stirling Old Bridge (February 2017]


>> see separate post for Cambuskenneth Abbey ☆☆☆ (1 mile away)
>> see separate post for Battle of Bannockburn ★★☆ (2 miles away)
>> see separate post for National Wallace Monument ★☆☆ (3 miles away)
>> see separate post for Walk: Abbey Craig - William Wallace wander ★☆☆ (3 miles away)

[Robert the Bruce statue at Bannockburn (September 2016)]


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