Today, I am sharing with you some of the photos I took on my day trip to Stirling. I went on this trip with my mum, who came to visit me while I was studying in Edinburgh. The highlight of our visit was Stirling Castle, where we spent most of our time. Below you can find a map of the route we followed.
You can easily reach Stirling from Edinburgh by train. There are frequent trains from Edinburgh Waverly and Haymarket stations. The train journey usually lasts about 45 minutes. When you get off the train in Stirling, the city centre is only a few steps away.
Things to do
Stirling is a city in Scotland with a rich history. There are many places to visit but the best-known one is Stirling Castle. The castle is one of the most important in Scotland and features different rooms and exhibitions. To visit the castle there is an entrance fee of £16 for adults (less for children under 15 years old, pensioners and unemployed). The ticket also includes Argyll’s Lodging, a townhouse next to the castle. When we visited (and at the time of writing) Argyll’s Lodging was closed but we could still see it from the outside. On your way to the castle, don’t forget to pass by Mar’s Work (an abandoned building) and see the Star Pyramid that is at the Old Town Cemetery of the Holy Rude church.
Moving a bit further from the castle, you can visit the Old Stirling Bridge which dates to the 16th century. From there you can have great views of the National Wallace Monument. The monument commemorates Sir Wallace who fought against King Edward I at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. If you want you can visit the monument, by taking bus 52 or bus UL that departs opposite the train station and stop at the monument. There is a £10.50 entrance fee for adults and £6.50 for children.
Getting back to the city centre, you can wander to the numerous shops and restaurants there and if you visit in the summer, you can join one of the (paid) public tours to the Stirling Old Town Jail. We visited in February, so there were no tours, but we still passed by the place as this is where the tourist information centre is located.
Day Trip to Stirling – Photo Diary
P.S. Have you checked my previous blog post about a Pentland Hills? Don’t forget to read the image captions. You can find it here.