See videos below about some of the tourist attractions located in the Stirling area.

The History of Stirling Scotland

Castle - Monument - Bannockburn - Old Town - Battles

For starters, have a look at the videos below.

A walk through the Old Town, Stirling

Stirling Castle TV advert.

Scottish Towns
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Historian, Neil Oliver, explains why you should visit Scotland, and focuses on Stirling (2012).
Video produced for Visit Scotland.

Former Provost, Fergus Wood, talking about Stirling
The history of Stirling is rich with legends and events from the figure of William Wallace who fought and won the battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 against an occupying English army, to the Battle of Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce's defeat of another English army in June 1314 secured Scottish independence.

Stirling heritage dates back 800 years to the 12th century, when the town first received the burgh title. It was granted a Royal Charter, becoming one of the most important towns of medieval Scotland.

Stirling's importance developed from the fact that it controlled the lowest crossing point of the River Forth. The land to the west of the river was bog and marshland making it impassable for armies to cross. The land was eventually drained in later centuries.

The town was occupated in 1745 by Bonnie Prince Charlie's army. John Knox regularly preached in the Church of the Holy Rude next to Stirling Castle.

The area of the burgh covers most of the region spreading outwards to include villages such as St. Ninians, Causewayhead, Bridge of Allan and Torbrex, which were once very separate communities, making them part of the bigger picture of Stirling as the ancient Royal Capital. For more on Stirling's Town history visit the Old Town section. Or check out some of the links on the right.


Many of Stirling's independent retailers are located in the Stirling Arcade, accessible by shoppers via King Street.

King Street entrance to Stirling arcade