Take an intimate tour of Scotland’s Stirling Castle, past home to members of the Scottish Royal Family from as early as the 12th century. Make your own way to the palace atop a volcanic hill in Stirling and enter immediately with your pre-purchased ticket. Once inside, behold the unique 15th- and 16th-century architecture, and learn about the castle’s critical role in the Wars of Independence including being the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, led by William Wallace.
Explore the extravagant space that has figured in royal dramas and coronations of numerous Scottish monarchs such as Mary, Queen of Scots. Wander through the Renaissance Royal Palace, as well as James IV’s Hall where grand feasts, dances and spectacles took place. Head to the Great Kitchens to see where food was prepared and ale was brewed, and the Stirling Heads Gallery to see carved portraits of the 16th-century royals. Then head outside and walk through the exquisite terraces of Queen Anne Gardens.
After you’ve toured the historic rooms and grounds, visit the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum to view Scotland’s military uniforms, bagpipes and drums, and pop into the castle’s Unicorn Cafe for some traditional Scottish fare (own expense).