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Monument
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Learn the story of Scotland's Braveheart at National Wallace Monument. Wherever you are in Stirling, it's hard not to notice the 67 m (220 ft
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Castle
Stirling Castle , Stirling
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Stirling Castle was not only the home of Mary Queen of Scots, but also an important center of art and culture in the 16th century. Still domi
Safari
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View large and exotic animals from a vehicle, from a boat, and on foot at Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park. The park covers 49 hectar
Castle
Doune Castle , Doune
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Visit a late 14th-century courtyard castle at Doune Castle. Marvel at the 30 m (100 ft ) gatehouse, which includes Lord's Hall and its musici
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Stirling

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Stirling is a city in central Scotland. The market town, surrounded by rich farmland, grew up connecting the royal citadel, the medieval old town with its merchants and tradesmen, the bridge and the port. Located on the River Forth, Stirling is the administrative centre for the Stirling council area, and is traditionally the county town of Stirlingshire. Proverbially it is the strategically important "Gateway to the Highlands".It has been said that "Stirling, like a huge brooch clasps Highlands and Lowlands together". Similarly "he who holds Stirling, holds Scotland" is often quoted. Stirling's key position as the lowest bridging point of the River Forth before it broadens towards the Firth of Forth, made it a focal point for travel north or south.When Stirling was temporarily under Anglo-Saxon sway, according to a 9th-century legend, it was attacked by Danish invaders. The sound of a wolf roused a sentry, however, who alerted his garrison, which forced a Viking retreat. This led to the wolf being adopted as a symbol of the town as is shown on the 1511 Stirling Jug. Arrange all the small, but important details of your Stirling trip itinerary using our United Kingdom itinerary planner.

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Where to stay in Stirling

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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