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The History of Stirling Castle

One of Scotland's largest and most important castles, Stirling Castle is the site of many important battles in Scottish history. It's well worth a visit, but before you go, here are some historical snippets.

How old is Stirling Castle?

The King’s Old Building is the oldest part of the castle, and is over 500 years old!

William Wallace

In 1297 William Wallace at the Battle of Stirling Bridge defeated the much larger English army by trapping them on the bridge.

The Battle of Bannockburn

A significant Scottish victory over the English, who had until this point occupied the castle for 10 years!

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in Stirling Castle in 1543. She was only 9 months old, and apparently cried throughout the ceremony.

Modern use

The castle is now a popular tourist site, and hosts cultural events and concerts regularly.

Stirling Castle: Our Tips

What are the opening times?

The castle is open 7 days a week, in winter 9:30AM to 5:00PM and in summer 9:30AM to 6:00PM.

How much does entrance cost?

A standard adult ticket costs £14.50

Do I need to take a tour?

Tours are not compulsory, however they are reccommended and highly enjoyable!

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Seven days a week, winter 9:30AM to 5:00PM and summer 9:30AM to 6:00PM.
  • What is the price?
    Regular adult ticket costs £14.50.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    The castle is about a 10 minute walk uphill from the Stirling train station, reached easily from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
  • Additional tips
    ** Free guided tours are run by the castle staff throughout the day and audio-guides are available in several languages! | There are no facilities for luggage, so plan to leave any at the bust station.*

What People Are Saying About Stirling Castle

Super driver guide Juliette! Excellent guide Frank in Stirling Castle

Excellent driver guide Juliette made our day unforgaettable. Highly recommended!

Tour guide with heart and soul - best highland tour!

Paddy was an excellent tour guide, very entertaining, funny and professional. We were always on time and felt well-informed as well as secure.

Wonderful tour, good job Ewon and Stephen excellent combination.

So happy we picked Ranbies tours, Ewon our guide kept us busy with lots of story's. We had a really beautiful day no rain or fog, so the view was incredible. The castle was interesting lots of Scottlands history, such brave warriors, a little carzy back then. We learned a wee bit of the language as well. Lovely tour.

Fantastic. Wonderful scenery plenty of photo opportunities.

Fabulous trip from start to finish. Out tour guide Robbie was very knowledgeable on history and gave us running commentary with Scottish music in between.. The loch was beautiful and the scenery throughout the Trussocks was outstanding. We were given 2 hours at Stirling castle which was plenty of time to visit various buildings within the castle walls. The lunch stop at the Scottish wool centre was enjoyable.

wonderful day with great sights and awesome guide

I took the tour with Johnathan and had a great time! He was so funny and entertaining but also very informative and kind. The sights in Glencoe were so amazing. Loch Ness was beautiful as well and a must see. We had a lot of stops along the way for bathroom breaks, snacks, shopping, and sight seeing. Great way to see natural beauty but also see several lovely small towns. I would highly recommend this tour, unforgettable day!

Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands Small Group Tour Reviewed by Brittany, 11/28/2016

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