Our Stirling Castle tour combines a walk around the historic Old Town with a guided tour of the mighty Stirling castle with friendly expert guide. Stirling Castle is arguably the finest Castle in Scotland and well worth visiting on any vacation to Scotland.
Stirling Castle is a historic fortress located in Stirling, Scotland. The castle has played a significant role in Scotland’s history and has been at the centre of many of the country’s most important events. Here is a short history of Stirling Castle:
Early History: Stirling Castle was first built in the 12th century and was strategically located at the crossroads of Scotland, making it a valuable military site. The castle was surrounded by a moat and had walls that were up to 30 feet thick, making it nearly impregnable.
Wars of Scottish Independence: Stirling Castle was a key site in the Wars of Scottish Independence, and was the site of several battles between the Scots and the English. In 1297, William Wallace defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, and in 1314, Robert the Bruce defeated the English at the Battle of Bannockburn, securing Scotland’s independence.
The Renaissance period: In the 16th century, Stirling Castle underwent a period of major renovation and expansion. The castle was transformed into a Renaissance palace, with luxurious rooms and stunning gardens. During this time, Stirling Castle became a center of culture and politics, and was home to many of Scotland’s most powerful rulers.
Civil War: During the Civil War, Stirling Castle was once again a site of conflict, as it was captured by Oliver Cromwell’s forces in 1651. The castle was used as a military base by the English and was heavily damaged during the conflict.
Restoration: After the Civil War, Stirling Castle underwent extensive restoration, and many of its original medieval features were restored.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, the castle was used as a military barracks and was home to a number of army regiments including the famous Argylls regiment.
Modern Era: Today, Stirling Castle is a major tourist attraction and is open to visitors all year round. In 2013 the castle was been extensively restored, with the Royal place returne4d to his former glory. Visitors can explore its historic rooms, gardens, and exhibitions, learning about its rich history and the many important events that took place there.
Stirling Castle is a testament to Scotland’s rich history and its role as a centre of political and cultural power. With its impressive fortifications, luxurious interiors, and breathtaking views, Stirling Castle is a must-see for anyone visiting the Stirling area.
Why not join us on a private guided tour of Stirling Castle and enjoy an unforgettable day out? Get in touch to secure a sightseeing walking tour at the date and time that suits you.