Silhouette of The National Wallace Monument at Stirling
Stirling Castle from King's Park
castle esplanade memorial, Stirling
Stirling
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Stirling's got a castle and, em... a shopping centre. The latter, like shopping centres everywhere, is growing at such an alarming rate that it's only a matter of time before it eats up all the interesting little bits of old Stirling and spits them out. But the castle is a mighty fine one, and this more than compensates for the commercial abomination at its foot. I mean, don't get me wrong, if you like shops and shopping then the Thistle Shopping Centre will without question be the bees knees. But the way I see it, you can visit shopping centres like this in every big town and city in the country, they've all got the same old stores inside, and, to be perfectly frank with you, it's almost getting to the stage where it will be pointless travelling because everywhere will be a Milton Keynes clone of uninspiring nothingness.
Thankfully, there are still bits of the old town of Stirling still standing, like ancient churches and crumbling ruins and a wonderful walk with views that will whisk your breath far far away.
So, get out that knapsack, blow that whistle, and let's go adventuring in Scotland's 'Gateway To The Highlands.'
Yippee!
THE WALLACE MONUMENT
STIRLING CASTLE FROM KING'S PARK
MEMORIAL ON CASTLE ESPLANADE
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How to
GET THERE

You can get a train to Stirling from Edinburgh, Glasgow Queen Street, Perth, and other railway stations.
Scotland’s online tourist guide – tartan hippo logo