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Stirlingshire – Historical county with the ghost of Stirling Castle

Stirlingshire (or the County of Stirling) is a fairly small county centrally located in Scotland, which borders Perthshire, Clackmannanshire, West Lothian, Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire.

Stirling is of particular importance to the county and was once the capital of Scotland. It is built around a large fortress and medieval old town next to the River Forth. The Church of the Holy Rude (a medieval parish church) is where King James VI was crowned King of Scots in 1567. 

Stirling Castle, one of the largest in Scotland, dates back to the early 12th century (and maybe earlier), although many of the buildings seen today were built between the late 15th century and early 17th century.

Reasons to visit Stirlingshire

Top of the list may well be Stirling Castle, but there are many other attractions in Stirlingshire such as a cruise of Loch Katrine on the steam ship “Sir Walter Scott” (summer only), or you can visit one of the many other lochs in the area (no monsters though). Loch Lomondmay could be familiar to you (in name), where you can hire canoes and kayaks and explore many historic sites.

The National Wallace Monument may be of interest to you, especially if you saw the film “Braveheart” starring Mel Gibson. Whilst some may question the accuracy of some areas of the film, it was based on Scotland’s national hero – William Wallace.

Entertainment and Dining in Stirlingshire

 You can find quite a few night clubs and theatres in the area, and plenty of restaurants like The Heritage Restaurant in Park Terrace, Stirling, or Cisco’s (also in Stirling). 

Accommodation in Stirlingshire

Stirlingshire offers Hotels, Bed and Breakfast, Inns, Guest Houses and Holiday Parks. Hotels include: The Culcreuch Castle Hotel and Country Park in Loch Lomond, Airth Castle Hotel & Spa Resort and the Dunmar House Hotel in Alloa.