Stirling Old Town
A Guided Tour of Stirling Old Town
Discover the secrets of Stirling old town on our acclaimed walking tour. Enjoy a guided tour of Stirling’s old town with our experienced guides. Our walking tours are led by knowledgeable and passionate guides who have a deep appreciation for Stirling and its history. They will take you on a journey through time, bringing the city’s past to life with tales of battles, political intrigue, and cultural significance.
- Duration: 1 hour
- Cost: £120 (1-8 people)
- Flexible dates and times
What to Expect
Perfect for those short on time, our original one-hour guided tour of Stirling showcases the highlights. Discover the best of Stirling Old Town! Led by local guides, our private walking tours offer a unique journey round the sites, stories and history of the historic Old Town.
The Old Town Tour explores the Historic Old Town in a short overview tour. The distances between attractions are short and it’s a great way to get a real feel for Stirling and its historic past.
Stirling Old Town is a charming destination that will take you back in time to Scotland's rich history. Here, you'll discover a captivating old Scottish town medieval buildings and cobbled streets. As you stroll through the town's narrow alleyways, you'll see the imposing Stirling Castle towering above the skyline, a testament to the city's royal heritage.
Tour highlights include:
The Church of the Holy Rude
A beautiful and historic church that dates back to the 15th century. This stunning church has witnessed many significant events in Scottish history, including coronations, weddings, and funerals of monarchs and other prominent figures.
A historic almshouse that dates to the 17th century. Founded by John Cowane, a wealthy merchant, the hospital was built to provide accommodation and support for elderly men in need.
The building itself is an impressive example of Scottish Renaissance architecture, with its elegant sandstone facade and intricate carvings. Inside, visitors can explore the beautiful courtyard and gardens, as well as the original dining hall and chapel, which still feature many of the hospital's original furnishings.
One of the most fascinating features of Cowane's Hospital is its connection to Stirling's history. The hospital played a key role in the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, when it was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. Later, during the Jacobite uprisings of the 18th century, the hospital was used as a barracks for soldiers.
Stirling Old Town Jail
The Old Town jail offers a unique glimpse into the harsh realities of life in Victorian Scotland. The jail was in operation from the early 1800s until 1935 and housed both male and female prisoners, as well as debtors and children.
Top of the Town Cemetery
The atmospheric Top of the Town Cemetery is a historic burial ground located in the heart of Stirling's old town. It is a peaceful and tranquil place, surrounded by stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
The cemetery was established in the 16th century and contains the graves of many notable figures from Stirling's history, including merchants, politicians, and soldiers. One of the most notable graves is that of Sir William Wallace's uncle, which can be found near the entrance of the cemetery.
The tour includes private guiding services of an expert tour guide. It does not include or any gratuities or tips.
The tours normally start at the Bruce Statue on the Castle Esplanade in front of Stirling Castle, you can also park here (charges apply). However, we could meet you at the train station or at your city centre accommodation if you prefer. Our private tours offer flexible dates and times, so it’s up to you. Please note 24 hours’ notice before tours are required.