A May 2004 trip
to Stirling by MadQueenMadb
Quote: Though sometimes overlooked, Stirling is a fantastic city for anyone. Smaller than Edinburgh, it still offers just as much history, entertainment, restaurants, and quality lodgings. My friend and I visited for a day, and both of us left feeling that Stirling is truly one of a kind.
From the hilltop on which the castle is situated, you can see the other most prominent building, William Wallace Monument. A towering piece built in the 1800s to honor the one and only Braveheart. Stirling is the city that saw some of his most famous feats, and so it is fitting to have this tower here. You can also see, but not visit, Stirling Bridge, where Wallace's army defeated the English in 1297.
A surprising, yet thoroughly enjoyable, place is the Old Town Jail. Here you will learn the history of the jail in Stirling, complete with tales of outrageous prisoners and punishments. The man leading you through the tour is a riot, changing costumes and accents in the blink of an eye.
Simply walking through the streets, looking at all the shops, is worth a trip to Stirling. You'll find just as high-quality stores and restaurants here as you will in Edinburgh.
A rather nice bus system is available with reasonable prices. There are also taxis, but they are more expensive and never seem to be around when you need one.
If you want to leave Stirling or are arriving in Stirling, there is a very nice train station. From here you can travel to a multitude of places in Scotland.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2005
Stirling Youth Hostel
St. John St.
Stirling, Scotland FK8 1EA
0870 004 1149