Stirling is a beautiful city based in Central Scotland, United Kingdom. The city is clustered around a large fortress and medieval old-town. The city is located at the mouth of the River Forth. The River Forth, 47 km long, is the major river draining the eastern part of the central belt of Scotland. The Forth rises in Loch Ard in the Trossachs, a mountainous area some 30 km west of Stirling.
Historically Stirling was strategically important as the “Gateway to the Highlands”, with its position near the Highland Boundary Fault line between the Lowlands and Highlands of Scotland, indeed, it has been described as the brooch which clasps the Highlands and the Lowlands together.Its historical position as the nearest crossing of the Forth to the river mouth meant that many of its visitors were in fact invaders. The beast of Stirling is the wolf, which it shares with Rome. According to legend, when Stirling was under attack from Viking invaders, a wolf howled, alerting the townspeople in time to save the town.It is also claimed that the last wolf in Scotland was killed in Stirling.
Once the capital of Scotland, Stirling contains the Great Hall (restored 1999) and the Renaissance Palace (restoration completed 2011) within the Castle that rivalled any building in Europe at the time. Stirling also has its medieval parish church, The Church of the Holy Rude, where King James VI was crowned King of Scots on 29 July 1567. The Holy Rude still functions as a living church with a service every Sunday.
Stirling is a centre for local government, higher education, retail, and industry. In 2012, the population of the City was 45,750. The wider Stirling council area has a population of 89,850. The majority of the population is located in its southeast corner, in the City of Stirling and in the surrounding area.
One of the principal royal strongholds of the Kingdom of Scotland, Stirling was created a Royal Burgh by King David I in 1130, which it remained until 1975. As part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, Stirling was granted City Statua.
Stirling Highland Hotel
Built in 1854, this hotel was once the High School of Stirling. Less than 10 minutes’ walk from the city’s historic castle (see Stirling Castle Post), it has an AA Rosette-awarded restaurant and free parking.
Each room at Stirling Highland Hotel is bright and spacious, with satellite TV and facilities for making tea and coffee. Some also look out over Stirling Castle.
The award-winning Scholars Restaurant serves traditional and international gourmet cuisine. Guests can also enjoy a range of drinks in the Headmaster’s Study Bar.
Central Stirling can be reached in 5 minutes on foot, and the rail station is a 10-minute walk from the Highland Hotel. Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace once battled the English knights, is a 20-minute walk away.
The hotel staff are friendly and welcoming and there is an air of ‘warmth’ to greet you. The food is excellent and the service too.
That said there are some criticisms. The shower in our room was weak in pressure and anyone over male average height would struggle to stand under the shower head. The head does not remove from the shower which makes for a fairly uncomfortable showering experience. Also it is worth asking if your room has a ‘connector’ door between your room and the next. Our room did and we could hear every little bit of noise. If you have kids with you great but if not, it will just be your luck to have a family with kids next door on your ‘romantic’ getaway.
The spa experience is okay. The pool and ‘lounging’ area is somewhat outdated and the ‘treatments’ were not nearly good enough. When you have booked an hours back massage you want to feel the treatment being even somewhat helpful is relieving those back pains rather than just a very gentle back rub.
Overall we left the hotel after our weekend happy but not overjoyed at our stay at the Stirling Highland Hotel.
There are always deals to be had. Shop about and don’t necessarily buy direct from the hotel.
The weather in Scotland is somewhat wet, even in the Summer months. Always take a good choice of warm and waterproof clothing.
The currency in Scotland is the Great British Pound.
We hope you have a lovely time if you choose to stay at the Stirling Highland Hotel