No visit to Stirling is complete without a trip to the Castle! Once the heart of the Scottish Monarchy and the centre of courtly life, the impressive palace and fortress have roots in ancient times and the additions over the centuries tell an architectural story as well as a cultural one. Explore the wealth of history, art and wonder stored inside and outside its walls, the views alone will take your breath away! The palace, which was once the seat of King James V, is one of the best-preserved renaissance buildings in the whole UK as well as the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots! With so much history to discover and lavish rooms to explore, Stirling Castle is the perfect place to spend the day and a must-add for your Stack!
Whilst you could spend the whole day here, with a great cafe on site and plenty to keep you occupied, there’s also plenty to do in the city below! With numerous other fascinating historic sites around the castle including the jailhouse, –, and famously haunted graveyard, just walking around Stirling is a treat in itself. If you’re looking to do the full history tour then be sure to visit the Bannockburn centre as well as the Wallace monument just outside of town, commemorating the fight for Scottish independence.