Stirling Walking Tour
Walking tour. Uphill walking involved.
Group size: Up to 25 guests per guide.
Tickets required for Stirling Castle.
Some cobbled streets involved on this tour.
Stirling Castle: Courtesy vehicle available on pre-order.
Come and see the Brooch of the nation, where the northern highlands are clasped with central Scotland and the lowlands. Our guides can help interpret the jewels that adorn this beautiful city, pointing out the highlights and explaining the history. Please note that this tour is an example, and our Guides can personalise each visit to suit your requirements.
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Broad by medieval standards this street was once the heart of the Old Town where markets were held.
Dating from the 17th century, this Dutch inspired building first housed lawyer and Burgh Town Clerk, but now more famously houses the Scottish Tourist Guides Association..
Also dating from 17th Century, this was where the Burgh Council would meet, where you would pay your dues, where the court house was situated. It recently re-opened in 2002 as Stirling’s venue for music & art.
Church of the Holy Rude
540 year old church which was the setting for King James VI (and 1st of England’s) baptism. The stonework on the outside is pockmarked with bullet holes, fired by Government forces at Jacobite soliders camped there in 1745.
The wonderful renaissance façade is all that remains of the town house built (but never completed) for the Earl of Mar. He became Regent of Scotland and it is suspected he was poisoned in 1572.
Initially built as a modest house for Sir William Alexander in 1632, the building was extended into the finest surviving Renaissance mansion in Scotland by the Earl of Argyll in 1674.
The Grammar School / The Portcullis Hotel
This building dates back to 1788 and was originally a grammar school, and later a military store, before becoming the hotel it is today.
Home to generations of Scottish monarchs including, Mary Queen of Scots, the Palace has been recently restored to its former glory to display the wealth and pageantry of the Stuart Monarchs.
Old Town Cemetery
Similar to the Necropolis in Glasgow – the Cemetery was designed as a place for Victorians to walk through and be uplifted and educated in the Protestant faith.
This hospital was built with money bequeathed by Stirling merchant and MP John Cowane and was intended as an almshouse for members of the Merchant Guild.
Old Town Jail
Built about 150 years ago to replace the notorious Tollbooth Gaol it later became a military prison.
Stirling Youth Hostel
Constructed behind the façade of the former Ebenezer Erskine Church (1824 -26). This church came into being as a result of a dispute which eventually split the Presbyterian Church in Scotland in two.
Old High School / Highland Hotel
Standing on the land which once housed a Grey Friars’ Monastery, this building dates back to the 1850s. The copper domed observatory, still in use, was a gift from Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman a former Prime Minister of Great Britain and MP for Stirling until 1908
Darnley Coffee House
Darnley Coffee House, or more correctly Erskine of Gogar’s house, dates to the late 16th or early 17th century, so it is unlikely Mary Queen of Scot’s second husband, Darnley, stayed in the actual building as the tradition states. However, the cafe now there boasts some rather tasty soup and sandwich lunches.
How to Book a Guide for This Tour
There are two ways to book an STGA guide.
1. Browse through our guides using the blue Find Your Guide search box at the top of this page.
2. Contact our guide Booking Service using the enquiry form under the Find Your Guide search box. This puts you in direct contact with our staff – you tell us your requirements, and let us locate the right guide for your tour. A booking fee will apply – learn more about STGA booking fees.
Optional Venue Visits
Stirling Castle fast-track entry ticket – skip the que at the Castle ticket office. By booking tickets through us your guide will have the tickets ready at hand for your group on your tour.
|Ticket Type – Stirling Castle||Price|
|Adult (age 16-59)||£14.50|
|Concession (age 60+)||£11.60|
|Child (age 5-15)||£8.70|
|Child Under 5||Free|
Guide Rates for This Tour
Average rates charged by our guides for this tour are available below. The exact rate will be confirmed with you before payment. Learn more about STGA guiding rates.
|Guide Service||Average Rates|
|English Half Day||£135 – £155|
|Language Half Day||£165 – £190|
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Our office is open Monday – Friday, 09:00-17:00, including most bank holidays.
Holy Rude Church pic by Kay Roxby