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.”
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