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Stirling

Stirling is a vibrant city, steeped in history yet offering a host of modern day attractions. You will also find plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants and a wide range of shopping, together with a fine selection of accommodation. Easily accessible by road and rail, Stirling is on the doorstep of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park as well as a string of vibrant local towns and villages.

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture. The Scenery will take your breath away. It was also a childhood home of some of the most famous people in Scottish and British history, such as Mary Queen of Scots and James VI and I. Stirling Castle was the key to the kingdom of Scotland, dominating a vast volcanic rock above the river Forth at the meeting point between Lowlands and Highlands.

Church of the Holy Rude

The Church has been the historic Burgh Kirk, or Parish Church, of Stirling for 900 years and is the only church still in active use, apart from Westminster Abbey in London, to have hosted a coronation, when the infant King James VI of Scotland (later also James I of England) was crowned in the Holy Rude on the 29th July 1567.

Cambuskenneth Abbey

Cambuskenneth Abbey is one of Scotland’s most important abbeys and is home to a fine collection of medieval grave slabs and architectural fragments. A footbridge, formerly a ferry, links the Shore to Cambuskenneth Abbey of which only the Campanile, 1300, and west doorway survive. It is one of Scotland's greatest early gothic belltowers, restored by William Mackison in 1864.

Open - 1st April to 30th September

The National Wallace Monument

The National Wallace Monument

The National Wallace Monument is a 67-metre (220 ft) sandstone tower standing on the summit of Abbey Craig, near Stirling. It commemorates Sir William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish hero.The tower was constructed following a fundraising campaign in the 19th century. In addition to public subscription, it was partially funded by contributions from a number of foreign donors, including Italian national leader Giuseppe Garibaldi. Completed in 1869 at a cost of£18,000.

Battle of Bannockburn

Located near the historic city of Stirling, the Battle of Bannockburn battleground still evokes the landscape that would have been seen by medieval soldiers in 1314 when the area was a royal hunting park.

In June 1314 the history of Scotland, as a nation, was about to change forever. It was at the Battle of Bannockburn that Robert Bruce, King of Scots, would face down the English army led by Edward II. Edward, keen to retain the stronghold of Stirling Castle, had led a huge army through Scotland to lift the Scots’ siege of his garrison at the Castle. Achieving this was vital to Edward’s hopes of re-establishing his weakening grip on the country, but he was stopped short by the army of Robert Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn. Over the two days of battle, 23-24 June, Edward’s army was repeatedly thwarted by the Scots stubborn resistance before finally finding themselves trapped by the surrounding terrain with no room to manoeuvre their huge force.

 

The result was an unprecedented rout of King Edward’s army.

Stirling Scottish Marathon

21 May 2017

The Stirling Scottish Marathon will be held in the spectacular and historic setting of Stirlingshire. Starting out with an undulating first five miles, the remainder of the course is set to be fast and suitable for all abilities and will provide an awe-inspiring experience for accomplished and first- time marathoners alike.

With the legendary Liz McColgan and Zola Budd already signed up to take part, you will be rubbing shoulders with Olympic royalty, too.

Stirling Highland Games

19 August 2017

 
Stirling Highland Games is one of the City of Stirling’s signature annual events welcoming visitors from around the world to central Scotland to see our traditional Highland games competitions.
 
There is a full programme of traditional Highland games competitions on offer including Running, Youth Running, Cycling, Highland Dancing, Heavyweights, long jump, triple jump and also showcase several Piping Performances throughout the day.

Bloody Scotland

8-10 September 2017

 

Scotland's International Crime writing Festival

The Kelpies

The Kelpies

Chosen by Scottish Canals at the inception of the project, The Kelpies name reflected the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 100 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change of our landscapes, endurance of our inland waterways and the strength of our communities.

Andy Scott's vision for The Kelpies follows the lineage of the heavy horse of industry and economy, pulling the wagons and ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the structural layout of the area. Retaining The Kelpies as the title for these equine monuments, Andy sought to represent the transformational and sustainably enduring qualities The Helix stands for through the majesty of The Kelpies.

Each of The Kelpies stands up to 30 metres tall and each one weighs over 300 tonnes.

The Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. It opened in 2002, reconnecting the two canals for the first time since the 1930s as part of the Millennium Link project.

The wheel raises boats by 24 metres (79 ft), but the Union Canal is still 11 metres (36 ft) higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel. Boats must also pass through a pair of locks between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal. The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world, and one of two working boat lifts in the United Kingdom.

 
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