About Stirling area
Known as the “Gateway to the Highlands”, Stirling’s prominent role in Scottish history is a result of its location at a strategic crossing point on the River Forth. Control of Stirling Castle, and thus control of movement across Stirling Bridge, was critical for anyone wishing to invade the north. Hence the two pivotal battles that were fought here by William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
In many ways, Stirling is like a miniature version of Edinburgh. The castle towers over the town and there is a mixture of 15th to 18th century buildings along the roads that lead down from the castle. The lack of a sea port prevented Stirling from developing beyond the status of a town, but it is still an interesting place to visit for the many historical sites in and around the town.
Our guide also recommends accommodation in the village of Callander which lies 15 miles to the west of Stirling. Callander is a good option for those that want a stopover in a scenic location on the edge of the Trossachs National Park.
If you want to learn more about attractions around the Stirling & Callander area have a look at our Travel Blogs:
Our recommended accommodation in this area includes:
Young Children are accepted in 3 properties, and pets are not accepted in any.
In addition to the places that we recommend from personal visits, this guide lists 6 additional properties which have been recommended to us by our friends, family and clients.
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