Mar's Wark

Stirling | Historic building |

[Mar's Wark]

You can't fail to spot the Renaissance façade of Mar's Wark when staggering up the steep hill from Stirling city centre towards the castle. Indeed, a façade is all that remains, but it's a good excuse to take a break from the climb! The 16th century townhouse was built by Stirling Castle's keeper, the Earl of Mar as his luxurious residence, and hosted celebrity guests including James VI before being used as a barracks for the 1715 Jacobite rebellion. Several fine architectural features are still visible, thought to be modelled on the castle's palace.

[Earl of Mar coat of arms]

Location & info

📌 Mar's Wark
Castle Wynd, 10-min uphill walk northwest of Stirling city centre, G.R.: NS 792938 ///sang.dame.bring
🚆🚌 Train / bus to Stirling | 🚗 Car parks / street parking nearby (charge)
Always open (exterior only) | Free


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