Stirling

Stirling | City | ★★★★

[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 half a mile 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]

📌 Stirling ★★
Stirling county. City centre is near the entrance to Thistles Shopping Centre at G.R.: NS 797933 ///studio.winner.dinner

Anything else? Central car parks have a charge, but there's free street parking available further out if you don't mind walking a bit.

[Stirling Castle]

Within walking distance

>> Argyll's Lodging ★★★

📌 King's Knot 
Description: Extensive grassy earthworks, part of the huge King's Park leisure ground laid out for Charles I's Scottish coronation.
Dumbarton Road, 15-min walk west of the city centre, G.R. NS 789936 ///tree.shares.after
Always open | Free

Anything else? The scale of the earthworks means the best view of King's Knot is from above, such as from the city walls.

>> Mar's Wark

📌 Mote Hill
Description: Stirling's best viewpoint for all points north, with two old cannons and a stone formerly used for executions.
Off Upper Bridge Street, 20-min walk north of the city centre, G.R. NS 794945 ///november.comply.wisely
Always open | Free

Anything else? The most scenic approach to Mote Hill is by walking around the western side of the castle on occasionally muddy dirt paths. Alternatively, there is quicker and less complex access from Upper Bridge Street.

>> Stirling Castle ★★

📌 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.
Bridgehaugh Road, 20-min walk north of the city centre, G.R.: NS 797946 ///escalates.lion.builder
Always open | Free

[Stirling Old Bridge (20/2/17]

Nearby

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

[Robert the Bruce statue at Bannockburn (27/9/16)]

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