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Edinburgh - Stirling Castle (half day)

From its spectacular setting, high on a volcanic rock above the River Forth, Stirling Castle has controlled one of the main routes between the Scottish highlands and the lowlands for centuries, earning the title “key to the kingdom”. Earlier fortifications have given way to today's palatial and beautifully furnished 15th-century residence, the home of the Stuart kings and birthplace of James II.

During a long and bloody history Stirling Castle has been attacked or besieged at least 16 times. Three battles have been fought in its immediate vicinity, two of which were turning points in Scottish history: and a fourth equally important battle took place just a few miles to the north. A number of Scottish Kings and Queens have been baptised, or crowned, or died within or near Stirling Castle. At least one King was murdered nearby: while another committed murder within its walls

Explore the castle with your guide or at your own pace.

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Tours in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Panoramic & Castle
Edinburgh & the Royal Palace of Holryood
Edinburgh & the Royal Yacht Britannia
Stirling Castle
Scone Palace

Ports in Scotland

Aberdeen
Anstruther
Ayr
Campbeltown
Dundee
Edinburgh
Greenock
Holy Loch
Inverary
Invergordon
Iona & Staffa
Kirkwall
Lerwick
Mull
Oban
Peterhead
Portree
Scrabster
Stornoway
Ullapool
Thanks to Scottish Viewpoint,Royal Yacht Britannia and Historic Scotland for images