The National Wallace Monument, Stirling

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Learn the story of Scotland's Braveheart at The National Wallace Monument. Wherever you are in Stirling, it's hard not to notice the 67 m (220 ft) Gothic tower looming above. The sandstone monument sitting atop Abbey Craig commemorates Sir William Wallace, a leader of the Wars of Scottish Independence in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. See Wallace's sword here, enter the Hall of Heroes to view more monuments to prominent Scots, and take in views of Stirling, Ben Lomond, and the Ochil Hills. For additional context and details about the site and Wallace, pick up an audio guide for a supplemental fee at the beginning of your visit. Using our custom trip planner, Stirling attractions like The National Wallace Monument can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • You must climb first 246 steps to climb the tower. The views at the foot of the Tower makes up already for the steep climb from the parking lot here.
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  • We were on a walk from Bridge of Allan and visited the monument. The views from the top are spectacular.....well worth the stair climb.  more »
  • What an astonishing view from the top of Wallace monument down to Stirling city and river Forth. We learn a lot of Scotland's history and why William Wallace is the national hero. It's hard to go all ...  more »
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  • Amazing place full of history and a must visit for any visitors to Scotland. The path up is in good condition although fairly steep fairly steep should be no problem for anyone who's reasonably fit. There's also a regular minibus service for anyone less able. If possible take a walk up the path as the wood carvings along the way are brilliant. When at the top take the path on the other side of the monument for stunning views of the River Forth and Stirling Castle.
  • Clearly signposted. Has toilets and gift shop at base of mound. You can walk up to the Wallace Monument or take the free mini bus ride there and back. Stunning views of Stirling Castle and district. There is a charge to climb the 246 steps of the monument, the gift shop at the actual monument has free entry. The displays are amazing and educational.
  • Wonderful. One of highlights of our trip was to climb the Wallace Monument and see the views. Also they have put on impressive exhibitions of history of Scotland / Wallace / the monument at various levels so that the climb up the stairs could be broken down into nice gaps. Very professional. Really worth the visit. Brill for photos as keepsakes.
  • You can walk up to the Monument, or wait for the shuttle to take you up. The walk up is steep, but has some nice places to stop and rest and is a nice walk through the woods. There are some small monuments along the way that have some historical significance. Be prepared to walk up a very narrow staircase to the top. LOTS OF STAIRS. The view from the top is worth it though. Remarkable!
  • This is another fantastic tourist attraction in the wonderful city of Stirling. The tower is based on the top of a hill, so you can catch a mini bus up if your unable to walk up. However there is a spiral staircase to get to the top of the tower. Well worth the view of you can make it.

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Stirling's central location in Scotland means most of its many lodging options are quickly reachable from nearly anywhere in the country. Hotels located close to the city's iconic castle offer easy access to all of the area's celebrated historical sites. Though they provide the finest modern conveniences, hotels in this central part of town occupy buildings steeped in history and heritage. Just outside of town, explore a world of boutique hotels and quaint B&Bs, a perfect base from which to explore the picturesque Central Lowlands.
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