Stirling Introduction Walking Tour, Stirling

Stirling Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Stirling

Despite being Scotland's smallest city, the area is filled with history, culture and architectural masterpieces. Thus, Stirling is a phenomenal place to visit and admire the sheer beauty of this interesting city. Take a walk down Stirling's streets and literally also take a walk through history.
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Stirling Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Stirling Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Scotland » Stirling (See other walking tours in Stirling)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: karenv
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Athenaeum
  • The Stirling Arcade
  • Allan Park South Church
  • Albert Halls
  • The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
  • Darnley House
  • The Tolbooth
  • Stirling Old Town Jail
  • Church of the Holy Rude
  • Old Town Cemetery
  • Argyll’s Lodging
  • Stirling Castle
The Athenaeum

1) The Athenaeum

The Anthenaeum, built in 1816, was originally used as a library and then eventually underwent remodeling and saw some additions made. It presides over King Street in Stirling with its tall spire and majestic statue of William Wallace (the Braveheart) in front. The King Street is a wide pedestrian zone which forms part of 'The Royal Way' bordered with The Old Victorian Shopping Arcade which, in turn, adds a shopping dimension to this historic venue.
The Stirling Arcade

2) The Stirling Arcade (must see)

The Stirling Arcade is the city's most incredible shopping area, partly due to its historical value and partly due to its outstanding beauty and relaxed surroundings. A designated landmark of the city since its erection in 1882, the building is one of only a few in Stirling, preserving a glorious Victorian style. The Arcade offers a wide variety of stores and original boutiques, many of them being quite specific to the region.
Allan Park South Church

3) Allan Park South Church

Allan Park South Church was conceived by Peddie & Kinnear in 1886, with the interior modernized a century after. The major merit for the redecoration were to make the grounds more modernized. Notable are the church's two large circular and three smaller stained glass windows to commemorate the ones fallen defending the country in the two World Wars.
Albert Halls

4) Albert Halls

Hidden in the shadows of Stirling Castle, this marvelous Victorian building is Stirling's main venue for concerts, conferences, fairs as well as a large variety of community events. The Hall, which seats over 1000 people, has its own café (an important meeting location).
The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

5) The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum (must see)

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum – formerly The Smith Institute – has played a very special part in the history of Stirling since its foundation in 1874. Established by the bequest of artist Thomas Stuart Smith (1815–1869) on land supplied by the Burgh of Stirling, it is an historic public-private partnership which has continued to the present day. It was founded as a gallery of mainly contemporary art, with museum and library reading room for the benefit of the inhabitants of Stirling, Dunblane and Kinbuck. Today, it functions as a gallery, museum and cultural center for the Stirling area. It is the repository for the historical artifacts and paintings of Stirlingshire, at the same time offering exhibition opportunities for contemporary artists. Over twenty community groups meet regularly in its lecture theater; a café and biodiversity garden are among its newest attractions.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:30 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 2 pm - 5 pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Darnley House

6) Darnley House

Darnleys House is a unique building in Stirling as it features a barrel-vaulted ground floor unconnected to the upper floors. Common folk-lord would tell you that Lord Darnley stayed at this establishment, which was previously owned by Erskine of Gogar while the Royal entourage resided at the Stirling Castle. It was also used in the past centuries as a tavern and a meeting place. Today, it is used as a coffee house.
The Tolbooth

7) The Tolbooth

The original Tolbooth has been for a very long time the heart of Stirling. The building served as its court house, council meeting, treasury, armory and even prison. However, due to its bad shape, the Tolbooth was demolished and rebuilt at the beginning of the 17th century. Fortunately, the new construction featured a rare surviving sample of the dutch pavilion roof. The Tolbooth has completely reinvented itself, now serving as the town's center for music and arts.
Stirling Old Town Jail

8) Stirling Old Town Jail (must see)

Stirling Old Town Jail will take you a hundred and fifty years back to experience the life of an ordinary criminal. This magnificent infrastructure from 1847 was designed in a Castellated Gothic style and will teach you a lesson in behaving, as the Victorians were notorious for their unmerciful punishment when dealing with criminals. Today, the jail allows visitors the opportunity to meet its famous inhabitants: the prison warden, the hangman and the convict determined to escape.
Church of the Holy Rude

9) Church of the Holy Rude (must see)

The Church of the Holy Rude is the second oldest building in Stirling. It was founded in 1129 during the reign of David I (1124 - 1153) as the parish church of Stirling. Nothing of the original structure now remains due to a fire. Construction on the new nave was underway by 1414, and based on the heraldry the vault of the nave was completed between 1440 and 1480. Work on the chancel did not commence until 1507 and completed around 1530 which was when the west tower was also extended to its current height.

King James VI was crowned King of Scots on 29 July 1567; John Knox performed the ceremony. This makes the Church of the Holy Rude and Westminster Abbey the only churches in Britain still in use to this day that have been the sites of coronations.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Old Town Cemetery

10) Old Town Cemetery

Old Town Cemetery is Scottish history itself. This moving graveyard has found its place among the lines of many famous poets, who wrote "we know of no sweeter cemetery in all of our wanderings than that of Stirling." Amazing words considering they came from the pens of the greatest individuals ever to work with literature. Long ago, knights used to hold tournaments to the delight of their ladies. The cemetery is divided into three distinct sections.
Argyll’s Lodging

11) Argyll’s Lodging (must see)

Argyll's Lodging is a 17th-century town-house in the Renaissance style, situated below Stirling Castle in Stirling. It was a residence of the Earl of Stirling and later the Earls of Argyll. The Royal Commission regards it as “the most important surviving town-house of its period in Scotland”. At the end of the 20th century it became a museum.

Argyll's Lodging stands in Castle Wynd on the final approach to Stirling Castle. The plan of the house was originally a "P", the upper part of the "P" consisting of three wings around a courtyard to the west screened from the street by a wall with an entrance gate. The lower part of the "P" was a southwest wing which also bordered the street before it was demolished.

The north wing contained the kitchen on its ground floor, the eastern half being the original building with its early kitchen. The first floor contained the private rooms. The main entrance which is in the central east wing led directly into the Laigh Hall (ground-floor cellar). The first floor of the east wing contained the High Dining Room for entertaining guests and, on the south side, the more private Drawing Room. The ground floor of the south wing contained rooms for the head of the household and the eldest son. The southeastern corner of this wing housed the Lower Dining Room. The first floor of the south wing housed the bedrooms of the Lord and Lady of the house (My Lord and Lady's Bed Chamber) and My Lady's Closet, the private salon of the lady of the house.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Stirling Castle

12) Stirling Castle (must see)

Stirling Castle is one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, a volcanic crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Its strategic location, guarding what was, until the 1930s, the farthest downstream crossing of the River Forth, has made it an important fortification from the earliest times. Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1543. Stirling Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and is now a tourist attraction managed by Historic Scotland.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

Walking Tours in Stirling, Scotland

Create Your Own Walk in Stirling

Create Your Own Walk in Stirling

Creating your own self-guided walk in Stirling is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Stirling Shopping

Stirling Shopping

Stirling's vibrant economy is also reflected in the city's fantastic shopping venues and retail centers. Not only do these shops offer common products and brands, but also several national and international brands. This walking shopping tour aims to take you to the city's most interesting and authentic shopping places and help you discover the true face of this outstanding, historic...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles