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Stirling Things to Do

  • Stirling Castle

    Stirling Castle is a national monument managed by the Historic Scotland agency. A fortress, garrison, king’s home, and a parliament during its lifespan, it played an important part in Scotland’s history.Standing atop a volcanic crag, a strong defensive position surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, it looms impressively against the skyline. As...

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  • Wallace's Monument

    Completed in 1869 after 8-years construction, the 220-feet high Wallace Monument sits prominently on the Abbey Craig 2-miles north of the city of Stirling. From this prominent hilltop in 1297 William Wallace surveyed the English army’s approach across Stirling Bridge before leading the Scots into battle and victory. It forms a fitting, and...

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  • Old Town Jail

    Stirling’s forbidding Old Town Jail stands at the heart of the city's historic quarter, in its day a deterrent to wrongdoers. The prison is now one of Stirling’s attractions. Opened in 1847, it replaced the stinking, overcrowded Tollbooth Jail. With transportation to the Colonies no longer practised, prisons were there to encourage criminals not to...

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  • Argyll's Lodging

    Argyll's Lodging, in the historic old town of Stirling, is the finest surviving 17th century townhouse in Scotland. The founder of Nova Scotia, Sir William Alexander (Earl of Stirling), bought and extended the house in the 1630s. He added wings to create a building on three sides of a courtyard with a screen wall facing on to Castle Wynd. Using the...

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  • Wallace Monument

    The Wallace Monument is well seen from the Stirling Castle because it is a is a 67-metre sandstone tower standing on the summit of Abbey Craig a hilltop near Stirling. It commemorates Sir William Wallace, the 13th century Scottish hero who was said to have watched the gathering of the army of King Edward I of England, just before the Battle of...

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  • Stirling Castle Highlights

    Stirling Castle HighlightsWhen visiting the Stirling Castle you will see:the Statue of Robert the Bruce on the castle esplanade;the Forework - entry to the main part of the castle;the Royal Palace with Renaissance-period statues;the Chapel Royal which was later modified for military use, housing a dining room;the Grand Battery dates back to the...

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  • What a brilliant little pub.

    I realise that many of my tips here on Virtual Tourist involve pubs and bars and I make no apology for it. I certainly do not wish to offend anyone who does not indulge in alcohol for religious, medical or any other reason and I know of no bar in the world (I have been in a few) where you are forced to drink alcohol. I offer this tip as an...

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  • Remember the dead.

    I appreciate that there are people who would suggest that writing a VT tip on something as mundane and common in the UK as a war memorial (in this case more than one) is hardly helpful to the traveller but I disagree. I have a number of interests when I travel and UK war memorials are one of them. If anyone has an interest in the subject, I...

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  • Argyll's Lodging

    A 17th century townhouse, just across the street from the Castle. It was a home of the Duke of Argyll, hence the name. It also belongs to Historic Scotland, the owners of the Castle, and as I understand it you can only visit as part of a trip to the Castle. A guided tour is compulsory. It cost an extra £2 per person on top of the Castle entrance....

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Stirling Restaurants

  • Now that's what I called service.

    If you have read the limited number of other tips on my Stirling page, you will know that my friend and I literally spent a few hours in that wonderful town which is a situation I fully intend to rectify at the earliest opportunity.We were here early week, off-season and were staying in the equally impressive Dunfermline which is a bit of a drive...

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  • City Walls

    This cavernous pub serves pretty standard pub grub in a nice location right in the centre of the city, at the base of the city walls. Good food at reasonable prices, great if you are on a budget. They had offers on too, which made it even more reasonable. I like my pub grub - scampi and chips followed by chocolate fudge cake!

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  • Jimmy Changs

    This is part of a chain that has restaurants in a few locations in Scotland. I had previously been to the one in Edinburgh so expected to get a good meal here. Its a Chinese/Asian buffet restaurant so of course there is a wide choice of starters, main dishes & accompaniements to choose from. I love their honeyed chicken especially, yum! The squid...

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  • atmospheric

    We had a late lunch/snack here before tackling the Castle etc.I had beef stew, and my better half had vegetable broth. Both were served with crusty bread. My stew was excellent - didn't try the broth, but it seemed to hit the spot on a cold, wet & windy mid winter afternoon.It's self service, so quick. It cost me over £13 however, so I have my...

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  • Scottish breakfast

    This is just a basic tearoom/cafe but we had a really yummy cooked Scottish breakfast here both days of my most recent trip. They have a variety of options from a simple filled roll or omellette, up to a full cooked breakfast. Prices are very reasonable, portions generous and service was quick and friendly. Only down side maybe is that it doesn't...

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  • Excellent - even better Thursday and...

    I've always liked this fish and chip / Italian restaurant in the centre of Stirling, but got a pleasant surprise when my wife and I went there last Thursday to discover they do a buffet lunch on Thursdays and Fridays. Downstairs is the Fish tea section: bread, butter, battered fish, chips, and a pot of tea. Upstairs is the a la carte Italian and...

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Stirling Nightlife

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    by zizkov Written May 21, 2004

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    A main theatre (also used for music and films), a specialist film theatre, a decent cafe/bar, a gallery, and special provisions for kids.

    All recently renovated, the main house is quite a space, a steeply raked arena with a big, big screen for films.

    The filmhouse is around 140 seats, and while I like it, I prefer the main house. It does mean that they can program films every day, although said program does now tend pretty much towards the mainstream. Normal cinema style sweets and ices available, and (yay!) you can take a drink from the bar in.

    For the official Stirling Uni blurb, see this link:
    http://www.external.stir.ac.uk/visitor_info/campus_facilities/macrobert.php

    The other link is for the Macrobert itself.

    The picture is across the Uni loch, you pass this on the way to the car parks. Also a very popular view for graduation pics.

    Loch beside the Macrobert

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Stirling Transportation

  • To Stirling from Darlington

    We drove to Stirling from Darlington by excursion bus in May of 2004. The distance was 180mi. It took us 4 hours.The modern navigator gives us the following road way.Darlington1. Head west on Coniscliffe Rd toward West St 0.1 mi 2. Continue onto Stanhope Rd S Go through 1 roundabout 0.4 mi 3. Turn left onto Woodland Rd/A68 Continue to follow A68 Go...

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  • Trains to and from Stirling

    Stirling Train Station is set right in the middle of town, where all of the town's major sights are only a few minutes walk away. Sign posts on most streets will tell you how to get to each sight. As Edinburgh is close by, less than 30 miles south, there are frequent and very inexpensive trains that arrive and depart for the city. There are also...

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  • By Car: How Far/How Long...?

    Road distances from Stirling to:- Glasgow: 49 kms.- Edinburgh: 72 kms.- Liverpool: 383 kms.- London: 678 kms.Checking the website, you can find some other road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.

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Stirling Shopping

  • Typically Tourist

    A typical tourist shop filled with a fine selection of Scottish food especially good old fashioned sweets and whisky products. Toys for kids, postcards, CD's & DVD's with a Scottish theme as well as a reasonable range of books on Scottish history. When we came out of the shop we had a laugh at the recent addition of a statue - William Wallace my...

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  • Thistle shopping centre

    The Thistle shopping centre is in the centre of Stirling and is your typical mall like shopping centre with many different assortment of shops to chose from. The thistle shopping centre has a roof on it which is good considering the weather we get cash, cheque, switch and credit cards widely accepted but you now must have a pin number to use...

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  • ALL UNDER ONE ROOF

    This is the large shopping centre in the centre of the city - perfect for a shopaholic like me on one of Stirlings [well SCOTLANDS] frequent rainy days. There are plenty of the usual High Street shops to keep you occupied and to worry your credit card

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Stirling Tourist Traps

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    by marciaca Written Jun 7, 2004

    OKay I expect more out of the Scots. This daft statue sits at the bottom of the Wallace Monument, near the entrance shop.

    I couldn't stop laughing at the uncanny resemblence to Mel Gibson and the obvious references to the 1996 feature.

    The Scots show some dignity and tear down this laughable work.

    Braveheart

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Stirling Off The Beaten Path

  • Unimpressive but worth a look.

    I do not propose to write a huge amount here on a tip which effectively regards a pretty dilapidated wall in one of the lesser used streets in Stirling, but it is of historical interest and if the reader is vaguely interested I have hopefully provided enough information for them to further research themselves. I should add that the website provided...

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  • Highlands in Miniature

    The Trossachs are 'the Highlands in Miniature' and lie to the north and west of Stirling. The tourists centres are the small town of Callander (15 miles from Stirling) and the village of Aberfoyle (20 miles). Both have very picturesque settings, but actually lie on the edge of the Trossachs. So the main way tourists will normally experience the...

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  • THE PINEAPPLE

    A big pineapple shaped building owned by the National Trust. Its a few miles from Stirling, situated in the old walled garden of an estate. There isn't really much there but its kind of fun to see. In the olden days there would have been greenhouses to grow pineapples in but of course now they are just imported from abroad and not really grown in...

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Stirling Sports & Outdoors

  • Paragliding

    Based about 8 miles from Stirling, at Alva, and flying mainly in the Ochils, you will find the Extreme Paragliding Club and School. Courses may be booked, ranging from an introductory day up to Club Pilot licence.I was a member and gained my Elementary Pilots licence (now lapsed, unfortunately).The feeling of a successful flight, even a short one...

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  • City Of Stirling 10K

    The City of Stirling 10K is a mass-participation road race which has been held for the last 5 years. This year's race, in September 2006, was the first in which I have taken part (although I have been running intermittently (and slowly) for the last few years).The course is virtually flat, good for first-timers and personal bests, though it is fair...

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  • The Binos

    Stirling Albion (The Binos) are the local league football team. One of the more recent clubs (dating only to 1945) they are a semi-professional team, currently in the Second Division (third level). Crowds are generally only a few hundred - the makeup of Stirling and area is that there is not such an interest in football as there might be (too posh)...

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Stirling Favorites

  • Stirling Castle

    The Stirling Castle is one of the largest and most important Scotland castles. I visited this Castle in May of 2004 on the way from Darlington to Edinburgh. We spent two hours there and were impressed by its historical and architectural value.The castle sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological...

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  • General Info

    * Tourism Office41 Dumbarton RoadStirlingStirlingshireFK8 2QQ- Tel.: (+44) 08707 20 06 20- Fax: (+44) 01786 45 00 39- E. mail: stirling@aillst.ossian.net-...

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  • Stirling Countryside from on high

    Stirling is a small town but she did achieve City Status during Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee Celebrations. Known as the Broch of Scotland Stirling claspes the Highland's and Lowlands together. The finest sights of Ben Lomond, the Trossachs, Forth Valley and the Ochil and Pentland hills are best viewed from high points such as Abbey Craig and the...

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