Walk with history

Stirling is full of character and steeped in history. As Scotland’s heritage capital, Stirling city is where the Wars of Independence were fought and won.

Scotland’s survival as a nation was guaranteed after the battle of Bannockburn in 1314, near to the city. There’s also the Bannockburn Heritage Centre, close to the battle site where Robert the Bruce’s defeat of the English army guaranteed Scotland’s survival as a nation. The Centre brings the battle to life through the use of interactive technology and 3D landscapes.

View of National Wallace Monument

The National Wallace Monument

The 220ft high National Wallace Monument offers views over the Forth Valley that you don’t want to miss. This Gothic monument commemorates William (Braveheart) Wallace. It’s a mere 246 steps to the top! 

The historic Old Town has hosted the likes of John Knox and Robert Burns, and still bears scars from its role in military campaigns that changed the course of Britain.

For a compact city, Stirling has many historically important buildings. The ‘Church of the Holy Rude’ being one of them. Founded in 1129, it is the second oldest building in the city after the castle and has been a parish church for 600 years. Other than Westminster Abbey, it’s the only British church still in daily use to have held a royal coronation – King James VI’s coronation in 1567.

Explore Stirling mobile app

This free app gives you walking routes around Stirling curated by local experts who know the area best along with detailed maps. There's accompanying audio helping you to immerse yourself in local culture through music, song, narrative and stories.

Download the Explore Stirling app

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Our sprawling castle is one of Scotland’s grandest – befitting the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots. From its hill-top viewpoint, you can take in the fantastic scenery of the surrounding area and the city. It’s also where the world’s oldest football was discovered behind some panelling. It’s no wonder it’s been named Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction (Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards 2016).

What makes Stirling unique?

  • Best preserved medieval city in Scotland
  • Former capital of Scotland
  • Two most important Scottish battlefields
  • One of the best Royal Parks in Europe
  • Held the first fireworks in Scotland
  • The oldest curling stone and football in the world were found in the city