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The lovely city of Stirling and its castle.This castle is built on rocky crag and is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Scotland. According to legend King Arthur won the original castle from the Saxons but there is no evidence of a castle before 1124. Today?s castle dates from the 15th and 16th centuries. And was last defended in 1746 (against the Jacobites). Seven battlefields can be seen from the castle and Stirling held a key position in Scotland?s struggles for independence. The 67 metre high Wallace monument can also be seen from the castle. This monument at Abbey Craig recalls William Wallace?s defeat of the English at Stirling Bridge in 1297, fore shadowing the victory by Bruce in 1314. The Great Hall, the James IV Gatehouse, the Chapel Royal (remodelled by James VI) and the artillery fortifications of the 16th to 18th centuries are all of outstanding interest. The Great Hall has been restored recently and is now how it would have looked like about 1500. There is a good cafe for a welcome cup of coffee after all that history.
Location: On Castle wynd Stirling. There is parking for castle visitors on the castle esplanade.

Directions: Open April - September 9.30 - 6 pm daily Open October - March 9.30 - 5 pm daily Closed 25,26 December and 1-3 January
Phone: 01786 450000

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 15, 2004
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