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Scotland’s heritage capital, Stirling, is where the Wars of Independence were fought and won, monarchs ruled for over 300 years and home to a castle that rivals any historic building in Europe.
A royal stronghold of the Kingdom of Scotland, Stirling was created a royal burgh by King David I in 1130 and remained so until 1975. In 2002 as part of Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee, Stirling was granted city status.
A mere 30 minutes drive along the A9 from CLC Duchally Country Estate, Stirling today is a city bursting with history and heritage and has many sights to see for the visitor.
Stirling Castle, the Church of the Holy Rude, the Wallace Monument and the Old Town all contribute to a fascinating day out from our accommodation near Stirling.
Originally a stone-age site and strategically significant since the Roman era due to its naturally defensible crag and tail hill, now the site of Stirling Castle, the city was a fortress at the crossing point of the River Forth.
Stirling’s oldest building
The castle is the oldest building in the city and played a major role in many battles, the Great Hall and the Renaissance Palace within the castle have now been fully restored. Stirling Castle is open to the public and takes a good 2 – 3 hours to walk around, the views from the castle walls are simply stunning and take in the Trossachs, Ben Lomond and seven battlefields including Bannockburn.
The Church of the Holy Rude is the second oldest building in Stirling dating back to 1129. King James VI was crowned King of Scots here in 1567 and makes this church and Westminster Abbey the only churches in Great Britain to have performed coronations.
Linking the Old Town with Stirling city centre is the compact heritage mile that has the finest concentration of historic buildings in Scotland, medieval churches and Renaissance churches and mansions are all supremely preserved amid cobbled streets with period iron work and street furniture.
The Old Town jail has also been fully restored and provides an interesting visitor attraction.
William Wallace, famously played by Mel Gibson in the award winning film Braveheart, is remembered by a 220ft high tower of the National Wallace Monument, those willing to take on the 246 steps to the top are rewarded with majestic views. An on site exhibition tells Wallace’s own story as he faces execution in London.
Guests staying at our holiday accommodation near Stirling, Duchally Country Estate, should head to the city for a fascinating day of culture and history like no other.
Stirling is just 30 minutes away along the A9.