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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

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4,333 Reviews
Castle Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1EJ

The Basics

Stirling Castle ranks high on the agenda for visitors to Scotland. Many visitors explore the castle on day trips from Edinburgh and Glasgow, which typically also visit other Scottish Highlands highlights such as Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Loch Ness, Glen Coe, and whisky tasting experiences. Travelers should book castle tickets in advance to avoid long lines and sold-out dates.

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Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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$61.10 per adult
One of the best
The tour guide was so excellent in explaining things to us, very accomodating and its a smooth drive
Joanna_M, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

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Loch Lomond tour
Claire_K, Jun 2021
Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Edinburgh
We had a great day on the Loch Lomond tour,Paul b our driver and guide was very welcoming and full of interesting information he certainly knows his history.We arrived at our stops on time to pick up the boat and Stirling castle, which are amazing,Paul broke up the travelling with some music that was relevant to the history of Scotland a must do trip
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Great Intro tour
Dean, May 2021
Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
This tour is a more laid back tour compared to the Highlands that we also took. But I’d like to say that this is a good introduction to the Scottish Highlands and Scottish history. Our tour guide Adam from Rabbie’s was incredible and he curated an excellent soundtrack that definitely added another level to the tour. He played the perfect music as we approached our respective itineraries. A highly recommended tour.
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Rosslyn Chapel a must!
troianianna, Jan 2020
Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh
I had a brilliant time on this tour. Stirling Castle and Dunfermline Abbey were amazing to see but the highlight was Rosslyn Chapel. Absolutely stunning, inside and out. Had a good amount of time at each place, didn't feel rushed at all. Driver was ok, gave some good history and played Scottish music which was great.
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Amazing fantastic experience
Trevfee, Jan 2020
Loch Lomond, Stirling, and Glengoyne Distillery Tour from Edinburgh
Loved this tour it was fabulous! Stirling Castle was just spectacular! Also Rory our bus driver was very knowledgeable & made the entire trip EXTREMELY humorous & fun. Would definitely recommend.
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Nice day at contryside
Roberto d, Oct 2019
Stirling Castle The Trossachs & Loch Lomond
Iwas a lovely and sunny day at Stirling castle and the Trossachs, i could sailing in loch lomond. Very beautiful!
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Great day trip
anneripps, Sep 2019
Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Edinburgh
My purpose for seeing this particular part of Scotland was due to my ancestors coming from this area. I chose this day trip as it also included a cruise on Loch Lomond which some companies didn't include. I found the day to be enjoyable with plenty of free time at Stirling Castle & the village we stopped at for lunch. The driver (Stuart) was very informative, friendly, helpful & a safe driver. The coach was comfortable especially as this is a very popular day trip from Edinburgh.
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Excellent tour!
gabrielles2ne, Dec 2019
Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh
Absolutely brilliant tour of Dunfermline Abbey, Stirling Castle and Roslyn Chapel. What incredible sights all done in a day. Fergus was our guide and exceptionally knowledgeable and funny! Starts at 9am and you are back in time for dinner!
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Rain didn't stop our Parade
jcmsham, Aug 2019
Glasgow (Greenock) Shore Excursion: Stirling, Loch Lomond & The Highlands
The continual Scottish rain and wind did not dampen the beauty of the Scottish countryside and Stirling Castle, and the enthusiasm of our driver-guide, who was generous in sharing his knowledge of Scottish history and geography.
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Excelent tour experience !!!
Swapnil, May 2021
Kelpies, Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle, Private Day Tour from Edinburgh
We wanted a customised private tour for our small family and we came accross this tour from Ed Tours. Ed was thoroughly professional as he contacted us 3 days prior to the tour and guided us with all the tickets and bookings for the iternery along with the timing. He made arrangements for my kids car seat and his car was equipped with small fridge , water bottles sanitizers and masks. He had comprehensive knowledge about the iternary mentioned and scottish history. He also maintains some good collection about the places around scotland for reference incase interested in reading while being on the journey. He is very accomodative and a very kind person as he will let you have your time with the beautiful places at your pace. I would highly recommend Ed tours for anyone who wants to have a private experience of scotland
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Great Experience
Jennifer_A, Sep 2020
Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Brilliant Trip. Bruce was our guide and he was knowledgeable and funny. It was so nice to get out to the Loch and Trossachs.
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Fantastic Scotland Day trip
Jeffery_S, Mar 2020
Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh
Mark our tour guide was awesome. Great attitude and very knowledgeable. A must for a first time visit to Scotland.
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Loch Lomond boat trip
Jean, Mar 2020
Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Glasgow
Andy gave interesting running commentary and had good knowledge of the area. Would have been useful to know cost of “extras” before the trip as we may have looked for a more inclusive day. We spent an extra £23 pp on boat trip and entry to Sterling castle, however, both were good experiences.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes as the castle features uneven, cobbled ground.

  • Most, though not all, of the castle is accessible for wheelchair users.

  • Costumed guides help bring the history of the castle to life.

  • The Historic Scotland Explorer Pass includes admission to both Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle, as well as more than 70 other Scottish attractions.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to get to the castle is via guided tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, or Greenock. During busy summer months, the parking lot at Stirling Castle often fills to capacity; travelers can also use the Castleview park-and-ride service (located on the western outskirts of town off junction 10 on the M9). Alternatively, ride the train from Edinburgh or Glasgow (both take under an hour). The 20-minute walk from the train station, though not long, is somewhat steep.

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Trip ideas

Royal Collection Trust Palace of Edinburgh's Holyrood House

Royal Collection Trust Palace of Edinburgh's Holyrood House


When to Get There

July and August attract the biggest crowds. Be prepared for varying weather, even in summer; rain and chilly temperatures are common, and parts of the castle complex, such as the Queen Anne Gardens, leave visitors open to the elements.

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Stirling’s Links to Scottish Heroes

For “Braveheart” fans, Stirling Castle will be forever linked with one name: William Wallace. From the castle, you can see the National Wallace Monument on Abbey Craig hill, where in 1297, Wallace and his troops prepared to fight off the invading English army. Robert the Bruce, known for his decisive victory over the English at nearby Bannockburn in 1314, is also commemorated at Stirling Castle. Look for a statue of the sword-carrying King of Scots on the castle’s esplanade.

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