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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

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4,420 Reviews
Castle Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1EJ

The Basics

Stirling Castle ranks high on the agenda for visitors to Scotland. Many visitors explore the castle on day trips from Edinburgh and Glasgow, which typically also visit other Scottish Highlands highlights such as Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Loch Ness, Glen Coe, and whisky tasting experiences. Travelers should book castle tickets in advance to avoid long lines and sold-out dates.

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Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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$60.24 per adult
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Enjoyable day trip!!
Ashley was a great guide...veerrry knowledgeable, and pleasant. She gave us all some flexibility in what we could do at Lomond & Stirling..
Sheryl_N, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

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Loch Lomond tour
Claire_K, Jun 2021
Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Edinburgh
We had a great day on the Loch Lomond tour,Paul b our driver and guide was very welcoming and full of interesting information he certainly knows his history.We arrived at our stops on time to pick up the boat and Stirling castle, which are amazing,Paul broke up the travelling with some music that was relevant to the history of Scotland a must do trip
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Great tour guide Ben and his tour
michael_k, Jul 2021
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
Ben my tour guide was GREAT the best of the best GREAT person so helpful, knowledgeable, fun, supportive. I learn alot about Scottish history, loch lomond, history of sterling castle. If you get Ben as your tour guide you will enjoy your day and learn alot!!
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Nice experience
diego, Jul 2021
Wallace monument, Stirling Castle,Linlithgow palace, Private Tour from Edinburgh
Great way of enjoying Stirling and surroundings, comfortable, bespoke and fun. Some places were closed but Edmont cared to take us to another couple of options.
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Fantastic
Rita_B, Jul 2021
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
Guide Ben was amazing! He knew all about history and loads of interesting stories. He is great entertainer as well.
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Great Fun!
S-Khurazmi, Jun 2021
Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Bruce was a great guide! He let us explore all the places and was great fun throughout the trip! We managed to cover lots of places well in time and the trip was a memorable experience for everyone involved.
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A Must trip
Syed_H, Jun 2021
Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Edinburgh
Andrew was very knowledgeable. The trip was amazing. Brilliant trip. Easy to book. Friendly driver and guide.
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Great value
terry_m, Jun 2021
Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Driver has verble diarea but fabulous, enjoyed the tour woud recommend. Drivers knowledge very good made the day.
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Rosslyn Chapel a must!
troianianna, Jan 2020
Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh
I had a brilliant time on this tour. Stirling Castle and Dunfermline Abbey were amazing to see but the highlight was Rosslyn Chapel. Absolutely stunning, inside and out. Had a good amount of time at each place, didn't feel rushed at all. Driver was ok, gave some good history and played Scottish music which was great.
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Amazing fantastic experience
Trevfee, Jan 2020
Loch Lomond, Stirling, and Glengoyne Distillery Tour from Edinburgh
Loved this tour it was fabulous! Stirling Castle was just spectacular! Also Rory our bus driver was very knowledgeable & made the entire trip EXTREMELY humorous & fun. Would definitely recommend.
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Nice day at contryside
Roberto d, Oct 2019
Stirling Castle The Trossachs & Loch Lomond
Iwas a lovely and sunny day at Stirling castle and the Trossachs, i could sailing in loch lomond. Very beautiful!
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Rain didn't stop our Parade
jcmsham, Aug 2019
Glasgow (Greenock) Shore Excursion: Stirling, Loch Lomond & The Highlands
The continual Scottish rain and wind did not dampen the beauty of the Scottish countryside and Stirling Castle, and the enthusiasm of our driver-guide, who was generous in sharing his knowledge of Scottish history and geography.
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One of the best
Joanna_M, Jun 2021
Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
The tour guide was so excellent in explaining things to us, very accomodating and its a smooth drive

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes as the castle features uneven, cobbled ground.

  • Most, though not all, of the castle is accessible for wheelchair users.

  • Costumed guides help bring the history of the castle to life.

  • The Historic Scotland Explorer Pass includes admission to both Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle, as well as more than 70 other Scottish attractions.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to get to the castle is via guided tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, or Greenock. During busy summer months, the parking lot at Stirling Castle often fills to capacity; travelers can also use the Castleview park-and-ride service (located on the western outskirts of town off junction 10 on the M9). Alternatively, ride the train from Edinburgh or Glasgow (both take under an hour). The 20-minute walk from the train station, though not long, is somewhat steep.

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When to Get There

July and August attract the biggest crowds. Be prepared for varying weather, even in summer; rain and chilly temperatures are common, and parts of the castle complex, such as the Queen Anne Gardens, leave visitors open to the elements.

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Stirling’s Links to Scottish Heroes

For “Braveheart” fans, Stirling Castle will be forever linked with one name: William Wallace. From the castle, you can see the National Wallace Monument on Abbey Craig hill, where in 1297, Wallace and his troops prepared to fight off the invading English army. Robert the Bruce, known for his decisive victory over the English at nearby Bannockburn in 1314, is also commemorated at Stirling Castle. Look for a statue of the sword-carrying King of Scots on the castle’s esplanade.

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