Stirling Walking Tour
On this walking tour of Stirling’s Old Town, see this beautiful city. Explore the nooks and crannies to discover the highlights and learn the pivotal role Stirling played in Scottish history.
Stirling is not only a stunning location but also one of the most important cities in Scotland’s history.
For centuries it was a Royal stronghold and witnessed no less than five major battles on its doorstep.
On this walking tour your guide will take you back in time as you discover the nooks and crannies of this beautiful location to discover the highlights and learn the pivotal role Stirling played in Scottish history.
It will include a visit to the outside of Stirling Castle, once home to generations of Scottish monarchs including, Mary Queen of Scots. The castle is perched on a huge mound of rock formed by a volcano 350 million years ago and it dominates the landscape for miles around. It has been under siege many times during its history and as recently as the 18th century the infamous Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take it.
Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in the castle and just down the road in the 540 year old Church of the Holy Rude her 13 month old son was made King after she was forced to abdicate.
The tour also takes you to Broad Street, once the heart of the medieval town where trade took place as well as public executions.
The Tolbooth, which dates from 17th century was where the Burgh Council met, was where taxes were paid and also a notorious Gaol.
It was replaced as a prison by nearby Stirling Jail which later became a military prison.
There are a number of wonderful old buildings to see including the 17th century Cowane’s Hospital which was bequeathed with money by Stirling merchant and MP John Cowane. The hospital was intended as an almshouse for members of the Merchant Guild.
Just down the road is the amazing renaissance façade of Mars Wark – all that remains of the town house built for the Earl of Mar. The Earl of Mar became Regent of Scotland and carried the baby James VI to his coronation.
You will also see Argyll’s Lodging which was Initially built as a modest house for Sir William Alexander in 1632 and extended into the finest surviving Renaissance mansion in Scotland by the Earl of Argyll in 1674.
After the tour you may wish to visit Stirling Castle independently.
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