Stirling Castle

Stirling is one of Scotland's grandest castles, it dominates the countryside for many miles sitting on top of the volcanic crag of Castle Hill, surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs.

This prime position was chosen with defence in mind and with good reason – the castle has been subject to at least eight sieges, including the first to feature Warwolf, the largest trebuchet ever built.

The castle has had an extremely varied history – Mary Queen of Scots was crowned there, it was the Headquarters of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and has been an open-air venue for some of the world's most famous musicians, including Bob Dylan, R.E.M., Runrig and Wet Wet Wet.

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Last updated 28 Nov 2012