Flat 2, 1 Abercromby Drive, Bridge Of Allan, Stirling, FK9 4EA, United Kingdom
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Urgent! Car Park near Stirling Castle
I am planning to have a day trip to Stirling castle from Edinburgh and I have to park my car for three to four hour nearby. Anyone here could advise if there is any mult-storey car parking.
Re: Urgent! Car Park near Stirling Castle
As you reach the centre of Stirling (from Edinburgh direction) you are faced with a large roundabout. There are other smaller ones on the way in, but this one has 5 or 6 roads entering/leaving it.
There you will see signs for at least 2 multistory car parks, both of which are about 100-200m away. In fact you can see one of them from the roundabout. Either of them is close to the castle.
Re: Urgent! Car Park near Stirling Castle
there is also a big, open parking diercetly in front of the castle. The multi-storey that I remember in the city is in quite a walking distance, but at least you will have to walk through the ancient streets uphill, maybe 10-15 min easy walking
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* Tourism Office
41 Dumbarton Road
- Tel.: (+44) 08707 20 06 20
- Fax: (+44) 01786 45 00 39
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www.visitbritain.co.uk/destinations/scotland/stirling.aspx?searchparam=stirling (in English)
www.visitbritain.es/destinations/scotland/Stirling.aspx (in Spanish)
* For brochures request: www.visitscottishheartlands.com/Brochure-request.cfm (for Scotland and/or Stirling)
There are two public swimming pools in Stirling, Rainbow Slides in the city centre, and the Scottish National Swim Centre at the University.
Rainbow slides has a standard 25mx15m pool and a warm childrens pool,. There are also three flumes (limited opening) Pool is often truncated for swimming lessons, and crowded. Sauna/steam room and gym in building.
National Swim Centre is a 50m by six lane pool (so not full Olympic). Heavily used by swim squads and clubs for eg sub aqua and canoeing, but also has laned swimming and recreational swimming. May be boomed into 2x 25m and has moveable floor to create shallow end. Generally mercifully free of kids.
Doune Castle was used as the main location for the film 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', and my film-mad boyfriend was eager to visit it when we took a brief trip up to Scotland.
The castle dates back to the 12th century, and several of the rooms remain intact. A guidebook can be purchased with your ticket which explains what all the rooms were used for. You can even go up on the ramparts for stunning views across the countryside. The day we visited, the castle hosted a mediaeval fair, with music, dancing and archery.
If you are a fan of the film, it is fun to spot which scenes were filmed where. For example, an enormous fireplace in one of the rooms doubled as a bedroom for one of the Knights. Despite its connections (and despite the fact that the castle often has visitors galloping through the courtyard whilst clip-clopping a pair of coconut shells), the castle does not trade off its Python connections, preferring to concentrate on its own very interesting history.
Entry is 3GBP per adult.
The castle is open all the year round, except for Christmas and Boxing day.
Opening hours: April to September 9.30am to 6.00pm and October to March 9.30am to 5.00pm.
Admission: Adult £8.00, Child £2.00, Reduced £6.00. Last ticket sold 45 minutes before closing. Stirling Castle tickes include admission to Argyll's Lodging.
Car Parking £2.00 for 2 hours.
From Stirling two main sets of hills may be seen - to the North and West, the Southern Highlands - to the North East, the Ochils.
Whilst the former are generally higher and more impressive, the Ochils are ideal for some accessible hillwalking, and you can have a decent hike in half a day. The highest point is Ben Cleuch (721m. 2379 ft).
The Ochils may look steep from the front - this is because they are. However, there are several paths which make them accessible for walking, for example from Menstrie, Alva, Tillicoultry and Dollar.
Main picture is the Ochils from Springkerse. The autumn colours are on the hills, though the pasture below is still lush.
The second picture is a view down Tillicoultry Glen from the path to The Law (law being a Scottish word for hill). There is a circular route up the glen and down the hillside (path visible on left of photo) of around an hour. The third is The Law itself.
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