Welcome to Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic symbols and a gem of Scottish national heritage.
We first visited Stirling Castle a week after Edinburgh Castle. With many of Scotland’s castles now ruins, and Edinburgh proclaimed as one of the main tourist attractions in the whole country, we did not expect too much from Stirling Castle. We were wrong.
Whereas Edinburgh Castle has the feeling of being overrun with tourists, even if it is a fantastic place in its own right, Stirling Castle feels like it has retained much more of a direct connection with its history and its environment. Standing atop the crag-and-tail of Stirling Sill, looking out over Stirling and Flanders Moss between the Gargunnock and Ochil Hills, Stirling Castle commands a proud position which, along with the nearby Wallace Monument, are stirring symbols in Scottish nationalism.
Take a look around our site for information on visiting the Castle, its history, things to see and do, the local area, the town of Stirling, and also accommodation, photos, videos and more.
The Castle today
Stirling Castle is open most days of the year, 7 days a week. Walk around its fortifications, learn about the Stirling Heads in the exhibition area, marvel at the Great Hall, be informed at the tapestry studio, or enjoy a tea or coffee in the castle gift shop.
The Wallace Monument
The national Wallace Monument is a 220 ft (67 metre) sandstone tower standing on a volcanic crag above Cambuskenneth Abbey – on the so-called Abbey Craig. The Monument is visible from far afield and is not difficult to find, two miles to north of Stirling. Architect John Thomas Rochead was responsible for the design of the Monument, adhering to the Victorian Gothic style. Its final cost was £18,000, with construction being finished in 1869.
The Physical Castle
Stirling Castle consists of a number of different buildings and fortifications. These include the Chapel Royal, where Mary, Queen of Scots was crowned. They also include the Great Hall of Stirling Castle, the King's Old Building, the Royal Palace and the kitchens.