Stirlingshire Travel Information:
Stirling sits at the heart of Scotland, lying where the lowlands meet the highlands and situated between the firths of Forth and Clyde. This area has a rich history and some wonderful architecture to go with it.
Stirling is the town where William Wallace (Braveheart) overpowered the English in 1297 in the Battle of Stirling Bridge. In 1869 the Wallace Monument, a 220ft (67m) high Victorian Gothic Tower, was opened to commemerate Scotland's greatest freedom fighter. The monument sits on Abbey Crag, the rocky crag from which Wallace is reputed to have watched the English Army gather on the south side of Stirling Bridge.
To the south east of the city lies Bannockburn. Here you will find the Bannockburn Heritage Centre where you can equip yourself with some history before walking up the path to the site of the Battle of Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce led Scotland to her most famous victory over the 'auld enemy', the English.
Within the city itself, the Old Town is still well preserved not only with the magnificent castle (one of the best preserved castles in Scotland) but also with the splendid medieval church, the Holy Rude, as well as merchants dwellings, the Guild Hall, the Tolbooth and a broad market place.
There is a tourist information centre and a Stirling Castle Visitor Centre in the city.
Elsewhere is Stirlingshire, a must to visit is Loch Lomond and the Trossachs - a glorious National Park. Loch Lomond is the largest expanse of water in Great Britain being almost 25 miles long by 5 miles wide. The Trossachs landscape features in two of Sir Walter Scott's most celebrated works; Rob Roy and the Lady of the Lake. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are often referred to as the Highlands in miniature.
- Stirling Castle
- The National Park Gateway
- Scottish Wool Centre
- National Wallace Monument
- Rob Roy Visitors Centre
- Trossachs Discovery Centre
- Bannonckburn Heritage Centre
- Breadalbane Folklore Centre
- Loch Lomond Park Centre
- Mill Trail Visitors Centre