Stirling City in Scotland
Lovers of Scottish history will love Stirling - with its medieval castles, cathedral and top attractions set amongst beautiful scenery, it really is a hidden gem in the country of Scotland.
Stirling Castle - This historic castle features a range of activities suitable for all the family including costumed performers who play out some of the stories of intrigue and passion that have taken place during its colourful history. Exhibitions include the Stirling skeletons and local archaeology. Visitors can enjoy the Great Hall, the chapel and the regimental museum. There is a cafe and gift shop onsite for visitors to relax after their visit. Open all year round from 9.30am - 6pm seven days per week. (5pm closing during the winter).
The National Wallace Monument - Commemorating the life of Sir William Wallace, this monument overlooks the location of the Battle of Stirling Bridge which took place in 1297. Visitors can learn about the story of the battle and then visit the Hall of Arms and the Hall of Heroes where the story of Wallace's life is told in great detail. Amazing views greet those who make it to the very top. Visitors can enjoy a snack and drinks in the cafe and can buy souvenirs in the gift shop. Open 9.30am - 6pm (Summer) and 10am - 5pm (Winter).
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum - Part of the Stirling Castle complex, this museum features the history of the elite military regiment known as the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Materials have been collected from around the world that tells the rich history of this inspiring group of military men. Open daily from 9.30am to 6pm.
Deanston Distillery - Visit one of the best distilleries in Scotland and see just what it takes to create some of the best-tasting whiskies in the country. Created using only traditional artisan methods, this single malt whiskey is a treat for the senses. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the distillery every hour starting at 10am and be finishing at 4pm. Cafe onsite to relax following your visit.
Dunblane Cathedral - This 12th century cathedral may not be as large as some cathedrals, nor have the architectural flourishes of some in England, but it has survived with many original features still very much on show. The Nave dates back to the 1240’s while the tower is from the 11th century. The lower storey is known as the Lady Chapel and features beautiful vaulting. There is also a coffee shop on site open Monday to Friday lunchtime and afternoon tea time to enjoy a rest.
Anyone who has seen the famous movie with Mel Gibson will have a special interest in Stirling - the location of the famous battle featuring Sir William Wallace. To discover the history, visitors can enjoy tours that detail the events while drinking in the beautiful architecture and scenery. While the city has a rich historical context, it is also a modern and vibrant town that has all the modern conveniences you could need including great spots for shopping, a range of hotels and a number of activities designed for all the family.