Trip to Stirling

Are you planning to go on a vacation to Scotland? Then think of arranging a trip to Stirling as this will be a great choice.

If you are not very up to date with the history of Scotland but you have seen the 1995 film "Braveheart," the name Stirling will need no introduction. Mel Gibson starred in the role of William Wallace, a common man who united the Scottish tribes to battle the vast forces of the English. The film won a whopping five Oscar awards.

The battle, called as 'the Battle of Stirling Bridge,' actually took place in the thirteenth century, in the year 1297 to be precise. The Battle of Bannockburn , in 1314, commemorated the victory of Robert the Bruce over the English forces. Stirling was one of the major towns of Scotland during this medieval period. It has a rich and varied history.

A trip to Stirling will not leave any tourist disappointed. The landmarks in Stirling include the renowned monument dedicated to William Wallace, the imposing Stirling Castle, the Bannockburn Heritage Center, and the Glendevon Off Road Center to name just a few. The Bannockburn Heritage Center is a very popular tourist destination, and you may have to book your tickets in advance.

The main centers of Stirling are The Craigs', The Thistle Centre, Baker Street, King Street, and Murray Place. If you are planning for a trip to Stirling, you may make a note of these places.

'The Craigs' is a shopping hub and has some of the major restaurants in the area. The "Black Boy Fountain and Gardens" is another place where you can have a relaxing time and click some lovely pictures. From here, you may even go to the Black Walk that is known as one of the most beautiful walkways in Europe. If you are interested in art, you may plan a visit to the Smith Art Gallery during your trip to Stirling.If architecture is what fascinates you, the Wolfcraig Building can be of great interest during your trip to Stirling.

This building was one of the first to use steel beams for construction. It was also among the first to use electric lighting. You will find the symbol of the wolf on this building. It may be interesting to note that the wolf stands for the symbol of the rich and interesting myths associated with Stirling.

Stirling can be reached very conveniently from the bustling city of Glasgow. Glasgow is well connected to the other major cities of Scotland and the world. Stirling may also be reached by road or by rail. There is a pretty comfortable and efficient coach service available as well. You may reach Glasgow by air, go for a quick tour of the city and then proceed to Glasgow.

If you are planning a trip to Stirling then you may be pleased to know that you have a choice to select from cottages and hotels as your accommodation. There are accommodation options like The Coach House, the Forth Guest House, The Park Lodge Hotel, the Firgrove Guest House, the Auchyle Guest House, and the King Robert Hotel, just to name a few. There are also "self catering" cottages that you may book, these ensure that you have a really 'private' vacation.