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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

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
star-4.5
$59.53 per adult
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Excellent tour
Our guide Jim Divine was superb, regailing us with the history of Edinburgh, William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce which certainly brought the history and how gory the times were back then. I would highly recommend this tour when you come to Edinburgh.
Dawn_W, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

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Stirling Castle and Distillery Tour
Neil_J, Oct 2021
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
Stevie our guide was great; friendly and knowledgable. It was a very well paced tour with plenty of time at each location; we were never rushed. Loved Stirling Castle, Callander and Loch Lomond and the Distillery Tour was brilliant. Would definitely go on another tour when we next return to Glasgow. I prefer smaller tour groups and it is a great way to appreciate the scenery. Well recommended.
star-4
lovely tour
chryslene_v, Sep 2021
Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh
I really like the stirling castle,tour guide/driver rodie is helpful and entertaining.it is a must tour
star-5
An amazing day out!
Esme_B, Sep 2021
Loch Lomond National Park, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies Tour
Just loved this trip to see around Stirling Castle, an amazing sail on Loch Lomond & also to see the Kelpies up close! The weather was great for it too. Could have had more music on the bus, but the driver told us a few interesting stories of the areas we passed through.
star-5
Wonderful day in Scotland.
Diane_S, Oct 2021
Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Our guide changed our route on the tour and took us through the most beautiful route on the way to The Loch. Gave us plenty of time for Stirling Castle, lunch and the Kelpies. She also was well informed about all aspects of the tour and the stories were great
star-4
Nice tour!
Jose_T, Aug 2021
Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh
Stirling castle was amazing! All the tour was good. Sunshine all day was great! Very quiet tours, no rush.
star-5
Restful and interesting
Linne_O, Aug 2021
Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Stirling Castle from Glasgow
A relaxing tour in beautiful surroundings. Interesting facts dispensed by our knowledgeable driver (Callum). Final stop at the absolutely fascinating Stirling Castle. Lots packed into a day that feels restful overall.
star-5
Good value of time and money
Laura_A, Oct 2021
Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Edinburgh
Gary was exceptional, very nice, funny and full of interesting information. I definitely recommend a trip with Gary. And I hope the company is showing a bit of appreciation through their employees.
star-5
The perfect day trip
Mark_W, Oct 2021
Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Edinburgh
Stuart is a tremendous guide/driver. Very personable and accommodating. The tour was just perfect. The right number of stops, distance between them, and time at attractions.
star-5
GAVIN THE GREAT!
Raymond_N, Oct 2021
Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Great guide named Galvin I’ll ask for him in person on my next tour. Don’t wait book it as he was flexible with the group, weather and timeline giving us a treat of special sunset spot to highlight the tour. 10 stars!
star-5
Go for this tour! You will enjoy with the help of the tourguide.
Maritess_C, Oct 2021
Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Jim Scotts was an incredible tour guide. The journey was not boring at all. He even gave suggestions of what and where to eat which is a big help for us tourists. I have learned different histories of some places we had been despite the weather.
star-5
Thank you Bobby!!
Claudia_N, Oct 2021
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
We are from Germany,the tourguide Bobby was great!We understood nearly everything.A great plearure to learn a lot about country and people…great experiance in the castle!Very interactive!!!We LinkedIn the destillery aswell!The Whisky 🥃 tasting was very good!
star-5
SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND
Michael_V, Oct 2021
Loch Lomond National Park & Stirling Castle Full Day Tour
A great trip and a great tour guide. Highly recommend it as it gives you time to enjoy different experiences easily.

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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