"William Wallace was taller than Mel Gibson, y'know" Top 5 Page for this destination Stirling by zizkov

Stirling Travel Guide: 281 reviews and 856 photos

Crossroads of Scotland

As I live next to, and use to work in, Stirling, I don't primarily see it through tourist eyes. Having said that, it is a nice town with definite tourist interest and a feasible base for the cities and farther afield. And you might have heard that there is a castle here...

...which you can see atop the town, with the Southern Highlands behind. The 'yellow' part is the Golden Hall. A few years back it was comprehensively stonecleaned, and when the covers came off, there was general consternation in town, as it used to be the same weathered grey as the other buildings. Its current hue, however, is how it would have originally looked some six hundred years ago.

View from Wallace Monument

The River Forth meanders around Stirling. The area above the foreground fields in the loop is Bridgehaugh, the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Wallace lured the English forces (many on horseback) into a sodden Bridgehaugh and then attacked when they were mired.

There are still regular battles at Bridgehaugh as it is now home to Stirling County Rugby Football Club.

Old and older

Stirling, as it is now, originated on the hill leading down from the castle. Although much changed over the years, old buildings and streets still exist, such as Broad St (streets in general being quite the opposite of broad a few hundred years ago).

The other main visual landmark is the Wallace Monument, which only dates back a bit over a hundred years. The picture is from the city centre (bridge to Riverside).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Tourist sites, good base for touring
  • Cons:Officially a city - but that's a very small city
  • Last visit to Stirling: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated Aug 30, 2006
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  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Hi, good tips and wonderful pictures of the landscape surrounding Stirling - thank you :-)

  • iblatt's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    Hi! I saw the featured member was from Stirling, a place I'm going to visit in October, so of course it caught my interest. Great tips, will read your Edinburgh page later... Ilan

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2008 at 1:34 AM

    My mother was born in Stirling, presumably because parents were working here, since they got married in Stirling. Only really visited once in pre/early teens, but have feelings for the place., now clearer in my mind after reading your page

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2007 at 5:08 AM

    wonderfully informative page. happy b-day BTW

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    Fun and informative. My Scotch ancestors lived and married here until emigrating to the US in 1880.

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2007 at 6:33 PM

    Loved the movie Braveheart and the real story behind it. Not too sure about Mel though;p

  • Pixiekatten's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2006 at 5:05 PM

    Hey - just checking out your Sterling page, its great! :) I remember the climb up to the Wallace Monument - finally at the top we discovered they had just shut. Never got to see his sword.. :( Cheers!

  • tracylacie's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2006 at 10:08 PM

    Nice Stirling pages! Lots more photos than mine! I have been there twice now and love the area! Take care! Tracy~

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2006 at 9:55 AM

    Beautiful page and a lovely place to live, in the summer that is LOL

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2006 at 7:07 PM

    Funny I never thought of Mel Gibson as short but he's only an inch taller than me! Must make it here on my next visit, just didn't have enough time in January :-(

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