The National Wallace Monument

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A wee city with a big history, Stirling punches well above its weight for historic attractions and spectacular scenery, not to mention shopping, places to eat and events.

Fit for royalty

Get your bearings by looking out from the hill-top esplanade at Stirling Castle and take in views of the city and surrounding areas, just as kings and queens of Scotland have done before you. Spot the winding River Forth and the prominent National Wallace Monument on the edge of the rolling Ochil Hills before looking north east for the mountain peaks of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

Get a taste for it

Enjoy delicious food and drink on your break to Stirling in friendly pubs, cosy cafés and buzzing restaurants. At the local farmers' markets you can speak to local producers and pick up some tasty treats.

Pop to the shops

If shopping is an integral part of your holiday, then you're in luck. Browse independent boutiques in the historic surroundings of the Old Town and the Victorian Stirling Arcade. Head to The Thistles shopping centre for top brands and high street retailers. Unusually, the centre was built around a 16th century jail cell, known as the Thieves Pot. Take a look inside and hear the tales of times gone by for free!

Explore historic tales, adventure, family-friendly attractions, and more with the Wonders of Stirling eBook

Gaze upon the bronze cast statue of Scotland's King, Robert The Bruce, at the Battle of Bannockburn Experience near Stirling. Or learn about one of the World's Oldest Footballs at Stirling Castle. Explore these gems and more in the new Scotland's History in 25 Objects eBook

Travel in Stirling

Getting here

Stirling is very central and is located on a number of main road and rail routes, which means that it can easily be reached by public transport, car and bike. It's less than 60 miles from both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports.

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Getting around

The city centre is compact and easy to navigate on foot, and the whole area is well connected by bus, rail and taxi services, as well as cycle paths.

While exploring the city make sure you use the hop-on hop-off bus, connecting all of the cities must-see attractions.

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