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Castles & Heritage Stirlingshire

This area is bursting with fascinating castles and heritage attractions to visit. Here are our top recommendations.  

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The Kelpies
Visitor Centre, The Helix, Falkirk FK2 7ZT

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The Helix Park is The Home of The Kelpies - the largest equine sculpture in the world. The visitor centre at the Kelpies has a gift shop, café and more information on The Kelpies themselves. You can also take a tour from there with one of our guides who will tell you about the story of The Kelpies and even take you inside for an exclusive look at their engineering and ingenuity. 

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Stirling Castle
Castle Wynd, Stirling FK8 1EJ

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland's most historically important sites and was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle. you can meet the costumed characters in the roles of bodyguards, court officials, maids of honour and servants who will welcome you into 16th century life. Families can have fun in the palace vaults where children can try out activities such as dressing in period costume and playing medieval instruments. 

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The National Wallace Monument
The Abbey Craig, Stirling FK9 5LF

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Experience breathtaking views at one of Stirling’s most distinctive landmarks, and learn about the man who became a National Hero.

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The Old Town Jail
St John Street, Stirling FK8 1EA

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Hear the histories of our places of punishment – and the bloody, bizarre and sometimes baffling tales of the Burgh’s heroes and villains. These characters come to life through excellent performance tours.

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Doune Castle
Castle Road, Doune FK16 6EA

Explore this 14th century courtyard castle in Doune, with a striking 100 ft high gatehouse and one of the best preserved great halls in Scotland. This was used as a film location for the BBC production of Ivanhoe and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  

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Dunblane Cathedral
The Cross, Dunblane FK15 0AQ

Dunblane Cathedral is a beautiful medieval church which dates as far back as the 12th century.

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Callendar House
Callendar Park, Falkirk, FK1 1YR

Callendar House and Park is the perfect day out for the whole family! Take a stroll around the beautiful parklands, stop in at the tearoom for a cuppa 'n' cake or book in for a delicious Afternoon Tea.

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Rob Roy's Grave
Balquhidder FK19 8PA
 

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Rob Roy MacGregor, the folk hero and Robin Hood of the highlands, is buried in the atmospheric churchyard of Balquidder Kirk 

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Inchmahome Priory
Port of Menteith, By Kippen FK8 3RA

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Cross Scotland’s only lake to explore a peaceful, wooded island chosen as a monastic sanctuary. Robert the Bruce sought solace at Inchmahome Priory and Mary Queen of Scots found safety here as a child. Inchmahome Priory was founded in 1238 and much of the 13th century building remains.

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Cambuskenneth Abbey
Cambuskenneth Village, Stirling FK9 5NH

Cambuskenneth Abbey is one of Scotland’s most important abbeys and is home to a fine collection of medieval grave slabs and architectural fragments. It was founded in about 1140 by King David I to serve Stirling Castle, which stands a short distance to the west. It was the scene of Robert the Bruce’s parliaments in 1314 and 1326, and the burial place of James III and Margaret of Denmark in the 1480s. 

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Duncarron Medieval Fort
Duncarron Medieval Village, Denny

An Open Air Museum showing traditional buildings, from round houses to great halls, towers and artefacts of the past from early times in Scotland all throughout history. Join us and immerse yourself in a historic fortified stronghold experience.

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