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  • Looking through the trees to the National Wallace Monument, Stirling
    The National Wallace Monument, Stirling
  • A view from within the walls of Stirling Castle, palace of Mary Queen of Scots
    Stirling Castle
  • Looking toward the city centre of Stirling and Stirling Castle
    The City of Stirling
  • Sign above the entrance of Thistles Shopping Centre on Port Street, Stirling
    Thistles Shopping Centre on Port Street, Stirling

Take a day trip to one of Scotland’s newest but most historic cities and get the most out of your visit to Stirling with this helpful itinerary.

Once the ancient capital of Scotland, Stirling boasts a fantastic range of attractions that celebrate the city’s history and heritage. With a variety of welcoming pubs, restaurants and shops set within a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere, Stirling is a great city for an unforgettable day out.

What better way to begin discovering Stirling’s fascinating history than by spending the morning at the National Wallace Monument, located only a short bus ride away from the heart of the city. This major Scottish landmark dominates the landscape and allows you to uncover the legendary story of Sir William Wallace through wonderful displays and recreated scenes which bring Scotland’s national hero to life.

In the afternoon, why not continue experiencing Stirling’s heritage by heading back to the city centre and visiting Stirling Castle? Once the home of Mary Queen of Scots, today the castle allows visitors to step back in time and explore the castle’s Great Hall, Royal Chapel, beautifully restored Royal Apartments, and many other intriguing exhibits. If that wasn’t enough, the castle boasts stunning views over the city and beyond, including the historic Battle of Bannockburn site

Stirling is one of Scotland’s newest cities and boasts a vibrant and modern cultural scene. The remainder of your afternoon can be spent enjoying the range of quirky retailers found in the Stirling Arcade, or soaking up the welcoming atmosphere found within Stirling’s buzzing restaurants, pubs and bars.

Stirling can look mystical at night time and if you’re feeling brave, a great way to experience this is by taking part in the Stirling Ghost Walk. A guided walk with a difference, the tour takes you on a journey where you’ll discover the city’s dark past.

With the end of your day in Stirling approaching, take advantage of the range of quality accommodation found within the city and spend the night. Tomorrow, why not explore the breathtakingly beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, which is located only a 30-minute drive from the city of Stirling.