Mini guide to Stirling
Stirling has, for centuries, formed the crossroads between the lowlands and the
highlands of Scotland. This strategic importance is borne witness by its imposing
castle and the former battlefields in and around the city.
The one sight not to be missed is Stirling Castle. A witness to many sieges
and battles between the English and Scottish, it was also the residence of Kings
James IV and James V and a teenage Mary Queen of Scots. Stirling is also synonymous
with William Wallace, of Braveheart fame, who defeated the English at the battle
of Stirling Bridge in 1297. Seen from miles around, the Victorian Wallace monument
erected in his honour gives great views of Stirling and also houses Wallace's
To get a real feel for Stirling's past take the Back Walk which begins at Rob
Roy's statue near the Guildhall and follows the outside of the city walls, giving
good vistas of the area, a glimpse of an old watchtower and a place where prisoners
were hanged, before finishing at the castle.
Besides being a tourist centre, Stirling, is a large city in its own right.
Thus, the city's eateries cater to all tastes from fine restaurants to pubs
serving the traditional haggis with 'tatties and neep'. Likewise, shopping veers
from tourist merchandise to high street shops and second-hand stores for students.
The narrow streets of the old city abound with pubs where you can have a pint
of beer or try a dram of local whisky.
Two miles from Stirling is a site which looms large in Scottish history - the
filed where the Battle of Bannockburn was fought in 1314. Here Robert the Bruce's
heavily outnumbered men crushed the English under Edward II and secured Scotland's
independence. You can survey the battlefield and see the large statue of the
Bruce which marks the Scottish position.
Frequent trains run between Glasgow and Stirling (a 45-minute ride) and between
Edinburgh and Stirling (a 60-minute). If you're driving from Glasgow, head northeast
along A80 to M80, from Edinburgh, head northwest along the M9. Both Glasgow
and Edinburgh have international airports.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Stirling Highland Hotel (Winter 2 Night Offer)
Express By Holiday Inn Stirling
Stirling Highland Hotel
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