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Stirling Castle

Worth visiting

Added on 20 Jan 2019,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 20 Jan 2019

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Route nameTypeDist. to route

Kirkcaldy - Berwick-upon-Tweed

Route

0,8 km

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Type of sights

Castle/palace

 

Name and address

Stirling Castle

Valley Lane

GB-FK8 1EG Stirling

GEO-data

Geodetic coordinates

56.123165 -3.946945

Elevation

81 m

Communication

Phone

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Internet

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Aerial view of Stirling Castle
Aerial view of Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
Forework Gatehouse of Stirling Castle
Forework Gatehouse of Stirling Castle
Nether Bailey, looking northward, in Stirling Castle
Nether Bailey, looking northward, in Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle, located in Stirling Wikipedia Icon, is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Its strategic location, guarding what was, until the 1890s, the farthest downstream crossing of the River Forth, has made it an important fortification in the region from the earliest times.

Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A few structures of the fourteenth century remain, while the outer defences fronting the town date from the early eighteenth century.

Before the union with England, Stirling Castle was also one of the most used of the many Scottish royal residences, very much a palace as well as a fortress. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542, and others were born or died there.

There have been at least eight sieges of Stirling Castle, including several during the Wars of Scottish Independence, with the last being in 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take the castle. Stirling Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and is now a tourist attraction managed by Historic Environment Scotland.

Modern use

The castle esplanade, or parade ground, has been used as an open-air concert venue for several noted acts, some of whom have used Stirling Castle and the surrounding scenery to film "in concert" DVDs. The esplanade also hosts the city's Hogmanay Wikipedia Icon celebrations. The Regimental Museum and Home Headquarters of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders are located in the King's Old Building. The museum closed for refurbishment on 31 August 2018 and is scheduled to reopen in June 2019.

Stirling Castle is a popular place for tourists, and according to figures released by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, nearly 460,000 people visited in 2015.

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Rights characteristic / license

by-sa: CREATIVE COMMONS Attribution-ShareAlike

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Input taken over from:

Wikipedia contributors, 'Stirling Castle', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 19 December 2018, 08:17 UTC, <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stirling_Castle&oldid=874442868> [accessed 19 January 2019]

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20 Jan 2019

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biroto-Redaktion

Hours of opening:

Summer

Closing Time

Last entry

1 Apr - 30 Sept

6pm

5.15pm

Winter

Closing Time

Last entry

1 Oct - 31 Mar

5pm

4.15pm

Nearby cycle routes and tours

Route nameTypeDist. to route

Kirkcaldy - Berwick-upon-Tweed

Route

0,8 km

Added on 20 Jan 2019,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 20 Jan 2019