The Back Walk

The Back Walk begins opposite Stirling Central Library at Corn Exchange Road. You will see the woof carving of a wolf and a small winding path that rises uphill and takes you around Stirling Castle.

Built between 1724 and 1791, the Back Walk is regarded as one of Europe’s finest urban walkways. It is the oldest publicly maintained road in Scotland, outlining the old city walls up to Stirling Castle, running round the base of the Castle Rock and then back up to the Old Town.

Enjoy stunning panoramic views, and experience a piece of Scottish history as you pass the Gowan Hill, site of the Beheading Stone. This stone was used in numerous executions, most notably that of Murdoch, Duke of Albany in 1425.

The path is clearly signposted. Make sure to take the time and view the wooden carvings along the way. The carvings installed along the route have been based on stories from the area’s rich and colourful past, supplied by staff at the Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery.

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