"This accolade is made doubly special as it is initially voted for by members of the public and our visitors.”Stirling Castle is one of Scotland's most historically important sites and was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle.
Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to Stirling Castle to revel in its grandeur with its superb sculptures and beautiful gardens. It was a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations from christenings to coronations.
Today you can meet the costumed characters in the roles of bodyguards, court officials, maids of honour and servants who will welcome you into 16th century life. Families can have fun in the palace vaults where children can try out activities such as dressing in period costume and playing medieval instruments. Don't miss a guided tour with knowledgeable staff who will bring the castle's infamous characters and history to life in great detail.
Other highlights include the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Castle Exhibition, Regimental Museum, Great Kitchens, Tapestry Studio and the nearby Argyll’s Lodging, a 17th century town house.
There is a restaurant, the Unicorn Café, which offers a range of hot and cold drinks and food. Marvel at the spectacular views from the roof top terrace while you enjoy a freshly-prepared Scottish meal.
There are three gift shops which stock a wide selection of gifts and souvenirs.
With beautiful gardens to unwind in, costumed performers who bring history to life and welcoming staff, the award-winning Stirling Castle is a must-see for all the family.
Very occasionally the property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control so please call the site before setting off to check they are open.
Summer 25 Mar - 30 Sept Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm (last entry 5.15pm)
Winter 1 Oct - 31 March Daily 9.30am-5.00pm (last entry 4.15pm)
For more information about Stirling Castle see the Visit Scotland website at
Stirling Castle is about 30 miles from any of our self-catering holiday cottages and would make for a great family day out while staying in the area.