Stirling has always been one of the most important cities in Scotland, during the medieval ages it was known as “the key to the Kingdom” who ever held Stirling controlled the Kingdom of Scotland.
Stirling Castle stregically placed guarded the main crossing point over the river Forth; all armies travelling north or south had to pass here. Several important battles of the Scottish Wars of Independence were within view of the castle ramparts. So anyone interested in the Scottish Wars of Independence in the 13th and 14th Century, must visit Stirling.
Stirling was also the favoured royal residence of the Stewart monarchs, only Edinburgh rivalling it for importance. The castle blossomed as a royal palace with its renaissance architecture. Three kings of Scotland were born in the castle. In the streets below the castle, merchants and courtiers established fine homes, which can still be seen.
Today, Stirling is a vibrant mix of the old and the new. A host of visitor attractions in and around Stirling, The historic old town has fine architecture, while the modern town centre has excellent shopping, a fine selection of restaurants and recreational facilities.