Take a tour of Stirling
Stirling is so rich in historic moments, stunning artefacts and legendary figures, that it can be a puzzle knowing where to start. Which is why guided sightseeing tours are so popular. Your guide can introduce you to fascinating nooks and crannies, captivating facts and stories you might otherwise miss. It’s often the details that bring the past more vividly to life, after all.
Old Town Tour
To tour around Stirling is to step back centuries, and never more so than when taking in the old medieval town centre on the Old Town Tour, which provides a marvellous blend of humour, drama and good old-fashioned storytelling with talented – and costumed – local guides. Go on this tour and you explore not just atmospheric cobbled streets but you also discover the weird and wondrous secrets stashed away by monarchs and murderers, Roundheads and grave-robbing Resurrectionists, villains and heroes.
Stirling Ghost Walk
Want something more … spirited? The award-winning, family-friendly Stirling Ghost Walk could be just the thing for you, if you like your ghosts with a giggle or two. You never know who – or what – you might encounter as you meander through Castle Rock’s eerie wynds and vennels: meet 18th century executioner Jock ‘Happy Hangman’ Rankin; the lethal Black Lady; the murder scene where the perfidious Earl of Douglas met his doom … and there’s so much more, it’s frightening!
Venture out of the city
If you fancy roaming further afield, Heartland Travel offer personalised mini-coach tours around Stirling and beyond, for groups of up to 16 people, taking in lots of the most memorable places and points of interest in a day. Sublime Scotland also provide bespoke day tours for up to four people, while C-N-Do Scotland have a range of guided and independent walking adventures to suit every ability, all setting out regularly from Stirling.
To add to the opportunities, the Scottish Tourist Guides Association provide professionally accredited guides who are accomplished in a broad array of interests including genealogy and that favourite Scotch topic – whisky. Amongst the 400-plus guides, ten languages are spoken, and the Association’s offering of walking and driving tours is always conveyed in informative ways that are engaging, enjoyable and entertaining.
Highland Coo Guided Walks
The resounding cry of “Freedom!” made famous in the movie Braveheart could easily be the catchphrase for Highland Coo Guided Walks. Their aim is to take you outdoors and into the sense of freedom and serenity to be found as you explore some of Stirling’s most awesome trails. The idea is you select the walk you are most interested in and combine it with events, lunch, accommodation and equipment, to devise your own personal package. The company’s wide-ranging knowledge of Stirling and the surrounding area helps you and your group get the absolute most out of your tour.
However you look at it, Stirling has a tour for everyone. Just set your sights on having a great time.