One of the most iconic features which dominates Stirling’s landscape is the tower standing onto of Abbey Craig which is The National Wallace Museum. This museum commemorates and celebrates all things associated with our national hero who is Sir William Wallace. The monument itself is split over four levels, each part telling a different part of Wallace’s tale. From the top of the tower, you will experience uninterrupted 360-degree views of Stirling’s countryside.
Another must see attraction in Stirling is arguably the grandest of Scottish castles is Stirling castle. Built between 1490 and 1600 it was strategically positioned onto of Castle Hill (an extinct volcano) overlooking the city. Throughout the ages it was a royal residence to the Kings and Queens of Scotland’s past. Learn all about the history of the castle and the people who lived there as you explore the castle and its grounds.
Set upon the cities highest hill, The Church of Holy Rude is another must see stop in Stirling. Founded in 1129 as the parish church of Stirling it was largely re-built after a fire in 1405. The church can lay claim to being the only active church in the United Kingdom, apart from Westminster Abbey, to have held a coronation. As James VI was crowed King of Scotland following the forced abdication of his mother, Mary Queen of Scots.
The Battle of Bannockburn Experience details the heroic victory King Robert The Bruce of Scotland had over the King Edward II of England in 1314. This interactive experience digitally re-creates a version of the battle, allowing you to get up close and personal with it. Learn all about who was involved and what tactics were used in this pivotal moment in Scottish history. Even the youngest of knights will be captivated by the history.
Blair Drummond Safari Park is one of the UK’s best safari parks located just outside Stirling. Home to hundreds of rare and exotic animals, you take a drive through the animal reserve and come face-to-face with lions, rhinos and monkeys. With an adventure play fort, café and a new dinosaur exhibit there’s tonnes to see and do with the little ones.
Travelling to Stirling by Ferry
There is only one ferry port to Stirling and that is Cairnryan Ferry Terminal. This ferry terminal is approximately 170km away (106 miles) which would be a pleasant drive allowing you to explore the Scottish countryside, taking around 2 and a half hours. Where ever you live in the world, driving to Stirling should be easy with ferries arriving into Scotland from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.