Stirling, Scotland

Article for senior couples and mature solo travellers interested in learning about Scotland and the Scottish isles as part of a small group tour.

6 Feb 20 · 4 mins read

Stirling, Scotland

Stirling's surrounding scenery
Stirling’s surrounding scenery

Stirling looks somewhat like a miniature Edinburgh with its cobbled streets, historic buildings and crag-top castle but it is an appealing and charming city in its own right with plenty to explore apart from its impressive castle. Often described as the ‘brooch which clasps the Highlands and Lowlands together’, thanks to its central location, Stirling is a history lover’s playground with magnificent scenery as its backdrop. Stirling is the place where the Scots, led by William Wallace (of Braveheart fame), defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 and where the Scots won again under Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn only 17 years later. The city is very accessible, being less than an hour from both Glasgow and Edinburgh by train.

What to See in Stirling

Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

Stirling’s crowning jewel is Stirling Castle, which overlooks the city. Historically and architecturally, it is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland. Stirling Castle was once the favoured residence of the Stewart monarchs and was very much both a palace and a fortress. Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors would flocked to opulent celebrations at the castle and revel in its elegant halls and beautiful gardens. Before the Union of the Crowns, several Scottish kings and queens were crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542.

Part of Stirling Castle
Part of Stirling Castle

Much of the castle dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries. It is open daily to visitors and some highlights include the Great Hall, the Regimental Museum, the Great Kitchens and the nearby Argyll’s Lodging, a 17th century town house. There are also beautiful gardens to explore and costumed performers who bring the history of the castle to life.

Old Town Jail, Stirling
Old Town Jail, Stirling

Stirling’s Old Town Jail lay empty for over fifty years until it was reopened as a visitor attraction in 2015. The former prisoner cells have been transformed into exhibitions about the prisoners, punishments and executions that took place within the jail’s walls. From the top of the observation tower, you can enjoy amazing views of Stirling’s Old Town.

National Wallace Monument
National Wallace Monument

The National Wallace Monument is a medieval tower commemorating William Wallace that sits on Abbey Craig, a hilltop overlooking Stirling. Wallace was the hero depicted in Braveheart who helped the Scots gain their independence. The view over Forth Valley is verdant and lovely and a visit the monument offers an insight into Scotland’s turbulent national history.

Doune Castle
Doune Castle

Twenty minutes from Stirling’s city centre is one of the country’s best-preserved medieval fortresses, Doune Castle. The oldest parts of the castle date back to 1260 and it has remained largely unchanged since it was rebuilt for the Duke of Albany in the 14th century. It is a courtyard castle, with a majestic 100 ft high gatehouse and an impressive great hall. Today, visitors may recognise it as the fictional Castle Leoch from the hugely popular Outlander series. It also heavily featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and was used as Winterfell in the pilot of Game of Thrones. Today, you can stroll around the castle’s courtyards and explore its nooks and crannies.

Linlithigow Palace
Linlithgow Palace

Also near Stirling is the stunning Linlithgow Palace. The birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, the royal palace became a favourite residence amongst the Scottish monarchs in the 15th and 16th centuries. Although the palace was maintained after the Scottish monarchs left for England, the palace fell into disrepair and was badly burned by The Duke of Cumberland‘s army in January 1746. In the centre of the palace’s courtyard is the incredible King’s Fountain, Britain’s oldest fountain. Elaborately carved, the fountain was commissioned by James V in 1537 and once flowed with wine for the visit of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.

Stirling and its surrounds are steeped in history and beauty. It is a great base for exploring the Scottish Highlands and the Lowlands and there are many hidden gems within the city itself. As well as extraordinary architecture, art and heritage, Stirling also has a thriving culinary scene and you can find everything from fine-dining restaurants to cosy pubs and hidden bars dotted around its centre. If you’re interested in visiting Stirling, please have a look at our tours that visit there. Our History of the Jacobites tour spends two nights in Stirling and visits both Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle. Our Scottish Whisky and other Scottish Wonders tour also makes a day trip to Stirling and our Scottish Great Trails Walking tour spends four nights in Stirling and does some great walks in its surrounds.

Articles about Scotland published by Odyssey Traveller.

The following list of articles published by odyssey Traveller for mature aged and senior travellers to maximise their knowledge and enjoyment of Scotland when visiting;

For all the articles published on Scotland by Odyssey Traveller, please click through on this link to view.

External articles to assist your Scotland Tour

Updated August 2021.

Related Tours

Small Group Tour of British Gardens

17 days

Jun

British Gardens Small Group Tour including Chatsworth RHS show

Visiting England, Scotland

This small group tour will explore gardens in Scotland and England with knowledgable local guides and a tour leader. We explore the gardens in and around Edinburgh, Chester, Stratford upon Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace, Oxford and London in a 22 day tour.

From A$13,995 AUD

View Tour
Pre-guaranteed
Guaranteed
England’s villages small group history tours for mature travellers

19 days

Jun, Sep, Oct

England’s villages small group history tours for mature travellers

Visiting England

Guided tour of the villages of England. The tour leader manages local guides to share their knowledge to give an authentic experience across England. This trip includes the UNESCO World heritage site of Avebury as well as villages in Cornwall, Devon, Dartmoor the border of Wales and the Cotswolds.

From A$14,750 AUD

View Tour
Pre-guaranteed
Industrial revolution

23 days

Apr, Oct, Sep

Canals and Railways in the Industrial Revolution Tour | Tours for Seniors in Britain

Visiting England

A small group tour of Wales, Scotland & England that traces the history of the journey that is the Industrial revolution. Knowledgeable local guides and your tour leader share their history with you on this escorted tour including Glasgow, London, New Lanark & Manchester, Liverpool and the Lake district.

From A$14,750 AUD

View Tour
Guaranteed
Edinburgh Fringe Festival small group for Mature travellers

9 days

Aug

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Small Group Tour

Visiting Scotland

One of the few European tour companies to have in Scotland an escorted small group tour of Edinburgh during the fringe festival. As well attending performances, this trip includes time to experience, the old town, new town and the royal mile, a UNESCO world heritage site plus Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse.

From A$5,950 AUD

View Tour
Pre-guaranteed
Castle, Gorey - England, Jersey - England, France, Grouville

18 days

May, Sep

Channel Islands | A small group walking tour for seniors

Visiting Channel Islands

Another Small group tour of the British isles of the Channel Islands. This fully escorted, small group walking tour, takes the active senior off the beaten path with local guides to Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm.

From A$12,850 AUD

View Tour
Jane-Austen

22 days

Jun, Aug

Discovering the art and literature of England: Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and more

Visiting England

Stratford upon Avon, Shakespeares birthplace and Anne Hathaway's cottage as well as the Lake district a UNESCO World site and Dicken's London are part of guided tour for a small group tour of like minded people learning about the art and literature of England. Your tour leader and local guides share day tour itineraries to create a unique travel experience.

From A$15,450 AUD

View Tour
Lake district walking small group tour

25 days

Aug

Ireland and Lake District walking small group tour

Visiting England, Ireland

A guided small group tour for senior walkers that starts in the capital of Ireland, Dublin. This escorted tour with local guides also explores the Giant's causeway, a UNESCO World heritage site. It transfers from Ireland to Scotland to head to walk in the National park of the Lake district.

From A$12,250 AUD

View Tour
Guaranteed
mount of Mont Saint Michel, France

22 days

Apr, May, Sep

Anglo French Tour | Normandy, Brittany, Channel Islands tour

Visiting Channel Islands, England

Our 21 night program has daily itineraries with plenty of authentic experiences provided by passionate local guides in the key destinations in France, Channel Islands and England for this small group of like minded people. For Solo travellers minimal single supplement applies for this European tour.

From A$16,850 AUD

View Tour
Thaxted Windmill

23 days

May, Apr

Agrarian and Industrial Britain | Small Group Tour for Mature Travellers

Visiting England

A small group tour of England that will explore the history of Agrarian and Industrial period. An escorted tour with a tour director and knowledgeable local guides take you on a 22 day trip to key places such as London, Bristol, Oxford & York, where the history was made.

From A$13,450 AUD

View Tour
Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Small Group tour

9 days

Aug

Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Small Group tour

Visiting England

A 9 day tour with a tour director and local guide explore the Victorian music of Gilbert and Sullivan. We visit on this journey, Manchester, Harrogate, Oxford & London, attending the Gilbert & Sullivan festival and places of historic interest.

From A$7,750 AUD

View Tour
Exploring Wales on foot, mature travellers small group walking tours

13 days

Aug

Exploring Wales on foot : small group walking tours for seniors

Visiting Wales

A Walking tour of Wales with spectacular views across as you walk the millennial path across the Irish sea or up in Snowdonia national park. This guided tour that provides insight into the history of each castle visited and breathtaking scenery enjoyed before exploring the capital of Wales, Cardiff with day tours of Wales from Cardiff. For seniors, couples or Solo interested in small groups.

From A$9,450 AUD

View Tour
Pre-guaranteed
Small Group escorted tour exploring Historic Ireland

18 days

Apr, Aug

Small Group tours exploring the Treasures of Ireland

Visiting Ireland

An escorted small group tour to Northern Ireland & Ireland, with local guides and itineraries that give authentic experiences Ireland's capital, Dublin, including 1/2 day tour of St Patricks cathedral and Trinity college. Destinations also Aran islands , Kerry plus the world heritage site, the giant's causeway. Ireland tours for singles over 50 and couples.

From A$10,250 AUD

View Tour

Related Articles

Jacobites, Scottish History small group mature travellers tour

11 places to consider visiting in Edinburgh off the beaten track

Edinburgh or Glasgow, which is better the Scots will ask the traveller. Take a small group tour for mature solo travellers and couples to think about the answer. Or visit Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool or the Scottish isles to give an answer.

28 Jul 21 · 3 mins read
Read Article
Inverness castle, Scotland

Birth of Scotland

Escorted small group tours for senior couples and mature solo travelers seeking to learn. Article about Scotland and you can learn more about the Jacobites, Orkney or Shetland islands as well Edinburgh, Aberdeen and more.

13 Aug 21 · 10 mins read
Read Article
Scottish Islands - Isle of Skye

Country Spotlight: Scotland

Article sets the platform for small group tours learning about Scotland and the Scottish isles for senior couples and solo travellers.

27 Jul 21 · 7 mins read
Read Article
Fort William, Scotland

Fort William, Scotland

For mature solo travelers and senior couples interested in joining escorted small group tours to historic Scotland and/or the Scottish isles.

5 Feb 20 · 4 mins read
Read Article
Industrial revolution

Industrial Revolution. Britain's contribution to the world

Britain and the industrial revolution. A progressive period that spanned Queen Victoria's period. Small group package tours for mature and senior travellers explore this fascinating period of history across England and Scotland and key cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow.

9 Oct 17 · 36 mins read
Read Article
River Ness Footbridge, Inverness, Scotland

Inverness, Scotland

Article about Scotland's Inverness. A place for learning about Whisky, Loch Ness and more about the history of Scotland and the Scottish isles, for senior couples and mature solo travellers on a small group tour.

4 Feb 20 · 5 mins read
Read Article

Articles about Scotland

Join 22,383 like-minded travellers receiving our weekly newsletter.

Special offers and promotions
A$350 AUD first trip travel voucher
The latest tours and articles