Stirling Castle

Willy Wallace Hostel is in the heart of Stirling!


Stirling Castle, located in Stirling, was essential to the Kingdom of Scotland, and one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally. Before the union with England, many Scottish Royals used the Castle as a residence as well as a fortress. Stirling was once the place for the coronation. Mary, Queen of Scots, was crowned at Stirling as well as several Scottish Kings and Queens. Due to being surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, Stirling Castle guaranteed a strong defensive position, making an important fortification in the region from the earliest times.

During the Wars of Independence, which were civil wars among the Scots as well as a struggle between Scotland and England, the castle changed hands eight times in 50 years.

Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A few structures of the fourteenth century remain, while the outer defenses fronting the town date from the early eighteenth century. Nowadays Stirling Castle is famous internationally as one of Scotland’s must-see visitor attractions.

The visitors can discover the Castle where characters from the past will greet you at the Royal Palace. Highlights include the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Castle Exhibition, Regimental Museum, and the Palace Vaults, where young visitors can get hands-on with history. Enjoy the stunning art & architecture as well as the spectacular views.