Exploring Stirling has never been easier, and there are a great number of exciting things to see within the city. A humungous example of domineering Renaissance architecture comes in the form of Stirling Castle, situated atop Castle Hill, where visitors have the opportunity to oversee the city and imagine the battles that took place on the accompanying battlefields.
Stirling Castle, home to a range of Scottish monarchs including Mary Queen of Scots in 1542, houses buildings that date from the 15th and 16th centuries and is now considered a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The castle plays host to a number of costumed characters who take on the role of different members of 16th-century life, including court officials, servants and maids of honour.
Perfect for families, a visit to the castle thrusts you back in time and allows you to experience history in all three dimensions, with knowledgeable staff ready to guide and inform and a number of specialised tours available to visitors. The must-visit attraction is suitable for all the family.
The Wallace Monument
For tourists looking for something both distinctive and rich in history then The National Wallace Monument may well tickle your fancy. Overlooking the scene of Scotland’s victory against King Edward and his army in the Battle of Stirling Bridge, the monument has fascinated its visitors for over 145 years and follows the tale of a famous Scottish martyr and patriot, Sir William Wallace.
Built as a way of heightening Scottish national identity in the 19th century, the statue stands at around 67 metres tall; visitors are able to climb towards the crown in the monument’s tower, exploring the national hero as they go. The Hall of Arms depicts the Battle of Stirling Bridge in all its glory and explores how it came about that Scotland was able to claim victory, while the Hall of Heroes tells Wallace’s story. The Hall of Heroes examines his and other Scottish heroes’ contribution to building a legacy for the country that now holds them in such high esteem.
If you’re spending some time in Perth and Kinross, then the perfect attraction to visit is Scone Palace, situated near the village of Scone, outside Perth. With over 100 acres of land to explore in its grounds, the palace is located in the luscious county of Perthshire and dates from the 12th century.
Once the palace that crowned Scotland’s monarchs, such as Robert the Bruce and Charles II, Scone Palace forms a backdrop on the Grampian mountains. A delight to explore, the palace houses a number of exhibits and things for visitors to take full advantage of.
Over the years the palace itself has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in both Perth and Scotland, owing to the fact that it plays host to some of the most spectacularly renowned grounds in the world. Inside the palace reside a beautiful collection of antiques and paintings that give visitors a glimpse of the wealth experienced by the noblemen of the times.
The palace itself honours the times by exhibiting an extensive collection of furniture, paintings and family heirlooms that are on display for visitors to view. Visitors can stroll through the Long Gallery, where Charles II was crowned as King of Scotland in 1661 and see where the Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone, was once displayed. The Stone of Scone, now housed in Edinburgh castle, was the famous area in which Kings of Scotland were crowned after their inauguration to the monarchy.
Once you’ve seen all of the wonders of the palace itself, visitors are welcome to take a wander through the beautiful gardens and surrounding woodland. Perfect for families, the grounds include an adventure playground for children to enjoy while those with a taste for adventure can try their luck in the ‘tartan’ maze – shaped like the Murray star and designed by the world-famous architect Adrian Fisher. Outside of tourism, Scone Palace hosts weddings which really do make the most of the gorgeous surroundings and history of the area.
If you’re looking for a mixture of history and family-fun, then Scone Palace is undoubtedly the attraction for you and shouldn’t be missed.
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