Flights to Stirling
Stirling is Scotland’s smallest city and it’s located at the boundary between the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands. This location makes Stirling a great base for exploring the different regions of Scotland, and with a variety of attractions in Stirling itself there’s plenty to keep you occupied.
Flights to Stirling usually arrive at the Edinburgh International Airport (airport code: EDI), about 50 kilometres from Stirling. There are regular buses and trains between the two cities, so it’s not too difficult to get to Stirling via public transport. If you’re planning a flight to Stirling, you can get to Edinburgh with BMI, British Airways or South African Airways from South Africa. All three have stops in London. If you catch a flight to Stirling with SwissAir, you’ll have 2 connections in Zurich and then also in London.
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The Tourist Attractions of Stirling:
Stirling has been settled in one way or another for millennia, making this an ancient settlement. You can still see evidence of those earliest settlers (of the Stone Age) by visiting the standing stones that are in Randolphfield just outside Stirling.
Though there are several landmarks in Stirling the most prominent and best known is easily Stirling Castle. Considering the small size of Stirling it’s surprising that this castle is one of the largest and most important in Scotland, and sitting on the top of Castle Hill it commands excellent views over the city and beyond, obviously an important factor for defence when the castle was built.
Stirling Castle dates from the early 12th century and the buildings you see here today mostly date from between 1490 and 1600. Because Stirling Castle is open to the public year round this is the city’s most popular attraction and if you take a tour yourself you’ll be treated to some fabulous castle interiors as well as the extensive grounds.
Another major landmark of the Stirling skyline is the Wallace Monument. Built in honour of William Wallace in the 19th century the monument is a tower and it’s open to the public. You can visit and climb the 246 steps up to the viewing platform to get some great views of the countryside and back towards Stirling.
With such a history there are many stories of places being haunted in Stirling so if you’ve ever wanted to see a ghost a visit to Stirling could be the ideal opportunity! As well as a couple of ghosts who are regularly seen around Stirling Castle there are several supposedly haunted pubs including the Settle Inn, The Golden Lion, and the Albion Bar.
Battle Sites around Stirling
Stirling has been the site of several significant historical battles and if you’re interested in this element of Scottish history you can visit some of these places today. Bannockburn is one of them, where the Scots defeated the English, and there’s a Heritage Centre where you can find out more about the battle. Stirling Old Bridge is another.
When Should You Visit?:
Like the rest of Scotland, Stirling has a mild climate though it’s cooler here than the rest of Britain and weather can be changeable. Summer is the best time for warmer weather though summers can be quite wet. Winters are cool and there’s usually a little snowfall every year.