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Top tips for a day at Stirling Castle

As one of Scotland’s most visited castles, Stirling Castle is an incredible place to include on any Scottish road trip or flying trip. Its history is lengthy and it has been the birthplace, coronation place or long-term home to most of Scotland’s royalty all the way up to the 1700s. But don’t take our word for it – use our top tips for a truly amazing day at Stirling Castle.

When to go?

While Stirling Castle is a great deal quieter than Edinburgh Castle,  it can still fill up quickly in the tourist season. August is by far the busiest month, followed closely by July. May, April and September can be considered shoulder seasons while crowds really quieten down from October all the way through to March.

If you can’t avoid the busy months, aim for right on opening time or closer to closing hour and weekdays. This will prove much easier than weekends. You can also avoid the queues by purchasing an Explorer Pass in advance. This handy little card will give you instant access to over 70 other historical Scottish attractions. These include Iona Abbey, Skara Brae, Urquhart Castle, St Andrew’s Cathedral and Dallas Dhu Distillery. You can buy passes online or at any of the locations included.

Castle Highlights – Our Top Tips for Stirling Castle

The great thing about Stirling Castle is that if you’re on a shoestring amount of time you can see the main highlights in just an hour. If you’ve got more time to play with, three hours will allow you a slow wander around the grounds. You can also get an in-depth guided tour so you don’t miss any fascinating historical titbit.

On the off-chance that you have a day or two to spend in Stirling, there are other places of interest for history buffs outside the castle grounds. The Church of the Holy Rude is located just down the road from the castle. It has witnessed over 900 years of drama – its walls still bear bullet wounds from past battles. The attached cemetery also offers beautiful views over the Trossachs. Cambuskenneth Abbey can be reached on foot from Stirling city centre and its magnificent 13th century bell tower is an incredible sight. For any keen Braveheart fans, the Wallace Monument near Bridge of Allan commemorates Scotland’s most famous export. Additionally it offers stunning views across the entire area of central Scotland.

And of course, visible from the castle battlements is our very own Stirling Distillery. We offer tours of our Victorian era distillery building 7 days a week. Each visit finishes with samples of our range of gins and liqueurs. You can advance book here on our website or give us a call to book your tour in advance.