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Stirling

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Castles · Monuments · Safaris
Stirling is a city in central Scotland. The market town, surrounded by rich farmland, grew up connecting the royal citadel, the medieval old town with its merchants and tradesmen, the bridge and the port. Located on the River Forth, Stirling is the administrative centre for the Stirling council area, and is traditionally the county town of Stirlingshire. Proverbially it is the strategically important "Gateway to the Highlands".It has been said that "Stirling, like a huge brooch clasps Highlands and Lowlands together". Similarly "he who holds Stirling, holds Scotland" is often quoted. Stirling's key position as the lowest bridging point of the River Forth before it broadens towards the Firth of Forth, made it a focal point for travel north or south.When Stirling was temporarily under Anglo-Saxon sway, according to a 9th-century legend, it was attacked by Danish invaders. The sound of a wolf roused a sentry, however, who alerted his garrison, which forced a Viking retreat. This led to the wolf being adopted as a symbol of the town as is shown on the 1511 Stirling Jug.
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Popular things to do in Stirling

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Monument
National Wallace Monument
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Castle
Stirling Castle
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
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Safari
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park
4.2
Duration: 4 hours
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Castle
Doune Castle Doune
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Stirling

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Monument
The Kelpies & The Helix Falkirk
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Architectural Building
Falkirk Wheel Falkirk
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
Rosslyn Chapel Roslin
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Castle
Dunnottar Castle Stonehaven
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Stirling

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Water Body
Loch Lomond
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Argaty Red Kites Doune
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Church of the Holy Rude
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
The Alpaca Trekking Centre
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Stirling

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Historic Site
The Old Town Jail
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Historic Walking Area
Dumyat Path
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Rob Roy's Grave
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Battlefield
Stirling Bridge
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Stirling

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Stirling Health Food Store
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Tinkerbells Emporium
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Made In Stirling
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Contempo
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Stirling

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Art Museum
Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Engine Shed
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Great Kitchens
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

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