Stirling lies at the heart of Scotland and is romantically known as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’. The area stretches from Stirling town, the historic capital, to the shores of Loch Lomond in the west and up to the Highlands in the north. Stirling forms a triangle with Glasgow to the west and Edinburgh to the east, each only half an hour away.
Stirling’s romantic, powerful and breathtaking landscape reflects the very essence of Scotland. Steeped in history and legend, Stirling’s renaissance palace was a favoured residence of Scotland’s Kings and Queens. Ladies Rock provided a viewing point for royal tournaments in the King’s Knot below. A young Mary Queen of Scots took refuge in the Bluebell Woods of Inchmaholm Priory at nearby Lake of Menteith.
The city itself is centrally located for many local historical sites, such as Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Stirling Bridge, Cambuskenneth Abbey, the King’s Knot, the King’s Park, the site of the Battle of Bannockburn and the scenic areas of Stirling, Strathallan, the Campsies and the Trossachs.
Without a doubt, Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest buildings, towering over the surrounding countryside in the heart of Braveheart country.
Argyll’s Lodging is located in Stirling’s Old Town and is Scotland’s finest surviving 17th-century townhouse. The Laigh Hall within Argyll’s Lodging is entered from the impressive courtyard, offering a unique setting for wedding ceremonies.