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]

Location & info

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

🚶 The centre is compact but hilly, with the shopping district at the foot and the castle at the top. Bannockburn and the Wallace Monument are each a bus ride away.
🚌 Stirling has good excellent rail and coach links to the rest of Scotland, and a comprehensive local bus network.
🚗 Central car parks have a charge, but there's free street parking further out if you don't mind walking.

See & do (<1 mi away)

>> Argyll's Lodging ★★★

📌 King's Knot ★★
💬 The Queen's official residence in Scotland, with an imposing facade and grand State Apartments.
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

💬 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 ★★★
💬 The Queen's official residence in Scotland, with an imposing facade and grand State Apartments.
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

💬 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 ★★
💬 The Queen's official residence in Scotland, with an imposing facade and grand State Apartments.
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

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Cambuskenneth Abbey ★★ (1 mi →)
>> Battle of Bannockburn ★★★★ (2 mi ↓)
>> National Wallace Monument ★★★ (2 mi ↑)
>> Walk: Abbey Craig - William Wallace wander ★★★ (2 mi ↑)

[Stirling Castle]

[Stirling Old Bridge (20/2/17]

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


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