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Stirling

One of Scotland's best heritage centres, new city and old town Stirling is where the Highlands and Lowlands meet. Close to the iconic Bannockburn battlefield site and a gateway to Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, Stirling contains numerous heritage sites all tightly packed in a chic culture rich city centre brimming with stylish cafes, funky gift and craft shops and a best arts scene featuring cinemas, theatres and contemporary art galleries galore.

Explore the world of Scotland's Renaissance Kings and Queens at the Stirling Castle Experience right in the heart of the city's old town. Discover plots, passions and the stories some of Scotland's greatest historic figures who favoured Stirling Castle as a residence. Exhibitions, tours, wedding and conference facilities, cafes and gift shops are all on-site.

World famous landmarks in Stirling don't end with the castle. Climb the steps of The National Wallace Monument, strategically placed overlooking the site of Scotland's great victory - The Battle of Stirling Bridge. The Wallace Story exhibit features within the Victorian Monument and don't miss a climb to the top for panoramic views across The Trossachs, the Forth Valley, The Ochil Hills, Pentland Hills and the city itself.

Choose Stirling for your Central Scotland family holiday base and discover a great mix of family friendly activities and attractions in the area from dressing up for battle at the Bannockburn Heritage Centre to driving through nearby Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park. Enter Stirling's Victorian Tolbooth jail attraction if you dare, and discover the unfortunate experiences of inmates in what was condemned as Britain's worst jail!!

The Battle of Bannockburn Heritage Centre and battlefield site sits just south of Stirling. Widely regarded as Scotland's greatest battle on its own soil, Bannockburn raged across the 23rd and 24th June 1314, culminating in Robert the Bruce's famed victory despite having a much smaller army than Edward II's opposing forces. Browse exhibitions in the Heritage Centre and tour the battlefield site with a proud statue of Bruce atop of his horse.

Walking tours in Stirling are a great way to get your bearings, and you'll find lots of themed walking tours available around Stirling's heritage city centre, from spooky ghost tours to old town walks and fantastic guided walks like The National Wallace Monument to Gowan Hill. Arts lovers will adore Stirling, a university city with a choice of premier theatres, independent cinemas and year round festivals from rip-roaring Hogmanay festivities to Highland Games. Browse Stirling's chic boutique shopping scene featuring everything from specialist shopping quarters to farmers' markets and the popular Stirling Arcade. Book online now with iknow.

Accommodation in Stirling

  • Balfron   (11.4 miles from the centre of Stirling)
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    Traditional 4 star holiday cottage near Stirling providing modern & stylish self catering accommodation in a beautiful peaceful setting. Eco friendly. Families welcome.
     
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  • Tillicoultry   (7.8 miles from the centre of Stirling)
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    Five star, Gold Award B&B. In Tillicoultry. Home cooked breakfast and afternoon tea served. Easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Stunning views. Free Wi-Fi. Dates back to 1845.
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  • Aberfoyle   (17.7 miles from the centre of Stirling)
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    £255
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    This second floor apartment is located on the top floor of a former Victorian hotel in the village of Aberfoyle near to Stirling and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
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