Stirling Castle & Old Town

Stirling Castle Private Walking Tour

Enjoy our Stirling Castle walking tour and discover the secrets of Stirling’s old town. Start by exploring the historic heart of Stirling Old Town followed by a guided tour of the magnificent Stirling Castle, arguably Scotland’s finest. One of most popular walking tours in Stirling.

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Cost: £165 (1-8 people)
  • Flexible dates and times 
  • Entry fee to Stirling Castle NOT included
An image of the Church of Holyrude with Stirling Castle in the background | Stirling Castle Tour

What to Expect

Led by entertaining local guides, this popular and fun tour explores the sites and stories of Stirling Old Town, followed by a Stirling Castle tour. Learn all about Stirling’s history on this fascinating walking tour.

Our private tours bring history to life. Stirling Old Town has an incredible concentration of medieval buildings. Our expert local guides bring the history of the Old Town alive with fascinating stories from Stirling’s rich and colourful past. The tour of the historic old town will last around one hour.

 

Your guide will then take you inside the impressive Stirling Castle. Your private group will then enjoy a Stirling Castle tour lasting about 90 minutes and we will then leave you to explore the Castle and amazing Royal Court at your own pace or go for a coffee in the café or even some lunch. Or you can go back and spend longer at the parts of the Castle you enjoyed most or visit the Argylls regimental museum.

Our Stirling Castle Tour and Secrets of the Old Town combines highlights of the Historic Old Town with a tour of Stirling Castle, one of the most impressive Castles in Scotland. Top sites in Stirling include the stunning Church of the Holy Rude, spooky Top of the Town Cemetery, Stirling Old Town Jail, and the recently refurbished Cowane’s Hospital.

 

We then explore the iconic Stirling Castle with its incredible Great Hall, Royal Palace and breath-taking views. Stirling castle is a must-see attraction on any visit to Stirling.

 

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.

 

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.

 

During the 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.

 

In the 16th century Renaissance period, 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 centre of culture and politics, and was home to many of Scotland's most powerful rulers.

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.

 

The price does not include admission price to Stirling Castle (£16.50 pp) which you need to pay direct to the Castle.

 

Our Stirling Castle Tour and the Secrets of Old Town can be arranged to suit your needs with flexible dates and times available. Please note 24 hours’ notice before tours are required.

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