10 Things to Do in Stirling That You Shouldn't Miss

Enjoy a compelling glimpse into the epic history of Stirling and its surrounding area by going back in time at Stirling Castle, the National Wallace Monument, and the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre. Then explore other family-friendly attractions and the vibrant, independent boutiques around the Old Town and the Victorian Stirling Arcade. And be sure to budget time to visit majestic Loch Lomond – Britain’s largest body of water – and the Trossachs National Park, just a short ride away.

1. Stirling Castle

Castle Esplanade | Upper Castle Hill, Old Town, Stirling FK8 1EJ, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Castles
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4.5 based on 8318 reviews

Stirling Castle

Dominating the skyline for miles around, Stirling Castle is a shining example of Renaissance architecture. Visitors can look out from its high stone walls to the battlefields of Stirling Bridge where great medieval armies clashed to decide the fate of nations. Home to generations of Scottish monarchs including, Mary Queen of Scots, the Castle is an enduring and powerful reminder of our fascinating history.

Reviewed By TowerTwo - LancashireLancashire

Brilliant

Really enjoyed my visit here. Started with a guided tour which gave an introduction to the castle and visited some of the rooms. This was informative and enjoyable, taking an hour.Then spent another couple of hours visiting other parts of the castle and t

2. National Wallace Monument

Hillfoots Road | Abbey Craig, Stirling FK9 5LF, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks More
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4.5 based on 3237 reviews

National Wallace Monument

A national hero - a national landmark. The National Wallace Monument stands proudly on The Abbey Craig, outside the historic city of Stirling, and tells the thrilling story of Sir William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland, Patriot and Martyr.

Reviewed By katye1983 - Southampton, United KingdomSouthampton, United Kingdom

Not for the faint hearted!!

My husband and I visited today, the weather was beautiful which made it even better. Tickets are reduced since there is building work going on and there is a bus which leaves every ten minutes from the car park up to the monument or you can walk up the ve

3. Deanston Distillery & Visitor Centre

Deanston Distillery Near Doune, Stirling FK16 6AG, Scotland Food & Drink, Distilleries
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4.5 based on 840 reviews

Deanston Distillery & Visitor Centre

Deanston Distillery is located 8 miles north of Stirling on the A84 near Doune, at the gateway to the dramatic Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. No ordinary 'run of the mill' whisky tour, we are just 45 minutes from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Visit us and experience our traditional open mash tun, gleaming copper stills and our maturation warehouse 2b. During your visit taste our distinctive single malt whisky which is fruity with a malty spiciness on the palate. Our distillery cafe, The Coffee Bothy is the ideal place to sit back and enjoy a leisurely lunch or coffee and cake. Either 'pre-tour' or 'apres-tour' make time to visit The Coffee Bothy where all our food is freshly prepared and handmade in the distillery kitchen. Our friendly and knowledgable team look forward to welcoming you to Deanston Distillery. - Free Parking - Disabled Access - Distillery Shop - Distillery CafeAdditional Information:Set in the heart of Scotland, Deanston Distillery is an ideal starting point to take in the best of what Scotland has to offer. Having visited our whisky distillery other Scottish icons nearby include castles, lochs, glens and wild animals! Doune Castle, backdrop to the Monty Python film 'Knights of the Holy Grail' is 20 minutes walking distance, Stirling Castle the favoured residence of Scotland's Kings and Queens only 8 miles away. Loch Katrine surrounded by beautiful scenery is 30 minutes by car and the Blair Drummond Safari Park just down the road. Combined with the local villages of Doune, Callander, Dunblane and the City of Stirling there is much to see and do.

Reviewed By Leeq61 - Manchester, United KingdomManchester, United Kingdom

Excellent warehouse 4 visit

My friend and I have just been to the Deanston distillery and done the Warehouse 4 tour. The tour was very different to the many distilleries we have done in the past in that this was giving us the chance and opportunity to see and taste whiskies that we

4. The Old Town Jail

St. John Street, Stirling FK8 1EA, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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4.5 based on 416 reviews

The Old Town Jail

Open again over Easter weekend 19- 21 April. Live performance tours run every 30 minutes during the holidays with a chance for new inmates to also explore the cells and take in Stirling's best views from the roof top observation tower.

Reviewed By simon m - Manchester, United KingdomManchester, United Kingdom

You are unlikly to have a fun & semi realistic jail house expierence like this one anywhere else in the World.

To get to the FREE PARKING SPACES.Drive into the Jail grounds & drive past the entrance staying to your left hand side of the building, once over the slight hump back of the road that leads down to a car park were you can park all day if you wont.Full cre

5. Loch Lomond

Stirling, Scotland Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
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4.5 based on 463 reviews

Loch Lomond

The largest fresh-water loch in the United Kingdom.

Reviewed By Suraiya84 - Manchester, United KingdomManchester, United Kingdom

Stunning lake visit

We began our visit by parking at Inversnaid Hotel and walked the RSPB trail around the loch which gave stunning aerial and lakeside views. We were pleasantly surprised to see some waterfalls, streams, rockpools and bridges to explore. The weather was beau

6. The Battle of Bannockburn Experience

The Battle of Bannockburn Centre Glasgow Road | Whins of Milton, Stirling FK7 0LJ, Scotland Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
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4 based on 1433 reviews

The Battle of Bannockburn Experience

An incredible new experience that changes how you learn about Scottish history. The brand new Battle of Bannockburn visitor experience; an innovative attraction with state-of-the-art 3D battle simulation that transforms the way visitors of all ages learn about Bannockburn.

Reviewed By RuthyGlasgow - GlasgowGlasgow

What a statue, Awesome

The statue of King Robert the Bruce is absolutely awesome, just beautiful. The Bannockburn Centre is lovely with its wee shop and cafe and the staff very friendly and welcoming. We paid for the battle experience with the 3D glasses and seeing the battle i

7. Doune Castle

Castle Hill, Doune, Stirling FK16 6EA, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Castles
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4.5 based on 2123 reviews

Doune Castle

Explore this 14th century courtyard castle in Doune, with a striking 100 ft high gatehouse and one of the best preserved great halls in Scotland. The formidable Doune Castle was built for the Regent Albany. The striking keep-gatehouse combines domestic quarters including the splendid Lord's Hall with its carved oak screen, musicians' gallery and double fireplace. This was used as a film location for the BBC production of Ivanhoe and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As well as being heavily featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Doune Castle was also used for the castle known as Winterfell in the pilot of the award winning TV series Game of Thrones as well as Castle Leoch in Outlander.

Reviewed By Paulina S - Edinburgh, United KingdomEdinburgh, United Kingdom

Nice castle

During my visit there were far too many scaffoldings, and also some rooms were closed. I believe they should not charge the full price on this kind of occasion. It is a nice castle, for me more important even because of being Outlander location. Worth a v

8. Church of the Holy Rude

St. John Street, Stirling FK8 1ED, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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4.5 based on 391 reviews

Church of the Holy Rude

Reviewed By Chow_TW - Edinburgh, United KingdomEdinburgh, United Kingdom

Quite sad I couldnt enter

From the outside, the chapel has an impressive exterior, and the graveyard is also peaceful without any eerieness. Unfortunately I found that the inside was only open daily from May-September, meaning that it was closed. It might be open during Sunday ser

9. Argaty Red Kites

Lerrocks Farm | Argaty, Doune, Stirling FK16 6EJ, Scotland Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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5 based on 192 reviews

Argaty Red Kites

Reviewed By Clivel_98 - Hereford, United KingdomHereford, United Kingdom

Lovely place - even in the rain

It has been many years since we were last here, and it has changed considerably. A proper visitor centre and comfortable hide with lots of kites wheeling round and swooping to the small amount of food put out to encourage them to come.We were the only one

10. Rob Roy's Grave

Balquhidder Old Kirk, Stirling, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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4.5 based on 188 reviews

Rob Roy's Grave

Reviewed By Roland D - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

Very picturesque

The grave of Rob Roy MacGregor (a folk hero who waged a feud against The Duke of Montrose and is often compared to Robin Hood) is not much to look at but the overall setting of the Church in Balquhidder is simply beautiful. He lies with his wife and two s

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