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“Enjoyed it more than Edinburgh Castle” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle
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Ranked #1 of 63 things to do in Stirling
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Owner description: Dominating the skyline for miles around, Stirling Castle is a shining example of Renaissance architecture. Visitors can look out from its high stone walls to the battlefields of Stirling Bridge where great medieval armies clashed to decide the fate of nations. Home to generations of Scottish monarchs including, Mary Queen of Scots, the Castle is an enduring and powerful reminder of our fascinating history.
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Manassas, Virginia
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“Enjoyed it more than Edinburgh Castle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

Actually finding the entrance to the Castle proved a bit more difficult for us for this attraction than usual. We entered on the west side and as such had to navigate through the old section of Stirling. The usual large brown signs disappear and are replaced by smaller ones so keep an eye out. Upon finding the parking area I was dismayed by the queue of cars waiting for spots. I decided to drop the Father-in-Law and the wife and find a place to park in the town. THIS WAS A MISTAKE. Best advice here is to just wait in the line of cars for the attendants to find a spot. It goes quite quickly and by the time I found a spot on the extremely narrow street down the hill and made the long trek back up I could have parked in the castle parking lot three times over.

Entrance is a bit pricier at around 12 pounds but well worth it. It is busy but the crowds were not as oppressive and swarming as we experienced at Edinburgh Castle. The grounds are well laid out and have a good flow for navigating the different areas. At the top of the hour tour guides start a free tour for all visitors wanting more in-depth information. In the main section of the castle where the King and Queens rooms were, several Scots were dressed in period garb and easily interacted with visitors. Each room has explanations as to what its purpose was and some are actually quite surprising. This was our favorite part of the castle and it is easily accessible by those with reduced mobility. Additionally, unlike many other attractions in Scotland, pictures are permitted inside the castle buildings.

The views from the castle of the surrounding countryside are magnificent. One can easily spot the William Wallace monument just to the North East of the Castle, the Church of the Holy Rude, as well as other significant sights. The attraction is fully equipped with all the necessary facilities such as bathrooms, cafés and information desks. The staff at the castle is friendly and helpful and willing to engage in conversation. Of specific help was when one of the guides pointed over towards a sun dial in a garden near the west wall. He explained that it was a favorite spot of Mary Queen of Scots and the sun dial is the same one that she used to watch over. Overall, Stirling Castle was one of the better visits to our trip to Scotland.

See you on the trail and remember, don’t be one of “those.”

John Eric

Visited August 2014
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

Visited recently with children and thoroughly enjoyed visit, weather was great mind you so nice to sit outside. Did not take tour as thought kids would get too bored but did sit nearby for some of the tour experience listening to very informative guides. Took us approx 2.5 hours with a stop for coffee, so I would say give yourself 3 hours if you want to do it justice. One piece of advice is don't bother trying to park at castle, if you're fit enough park in centre and walk. seemed to be an endless queue of cars waiting to get into car park on a hot day!

Visited August 2014
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“Great Day Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

This is the best castle we have visited in Scotland so far. There is so much to see and we were there for nearly 5 hours in total. The free guided tour was a great start to the visit and Michael the guide had loads of interesting information about the castle's history. Get there early as it is very busy!

Visited August 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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“Restored to show use, but misses some of the wonder”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

This is a great Castle- however, I would have appreciated it more if it had not been restored as much. It certainly showed how it functioned and looked in the time it was in use, but I do appreciate the wonder and patina on older castles. This was almost as busy as the Edinburgh castle, but just one notch below. The audio tour was very good to give the full history of the castle.

The Tapestry exhibit in the castle is EXCELLENT. It was very cool to be able to watch someone work in much the same way as people did when tapestries were covering the walls around the castle.

Visited August 2014
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Sandpoint, Idaho
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“When in Scotland, this is a MUST!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

Best preserved and renovated castle in the UK, bar none. The tour is very good and the history is rich. Many battles were fought near here.

Visited June 2014
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