"Stirling is amazing and I wouldn't have even known to stop here, We'd have missed all this on our own." Anthony, Oxford
In the rush to the Highlands it is too easy to drive up the M9 and miss out what this area has to offer. Yet the area around Stirling Castle has had a greater impact on Scottish History than Edinburgh or Glasgow.
The reason is simple, on Medieval maps, Stirling Bridge, the lowest crossing on the River Forth is shown as the gateway to the whole of the rest of Scotland; and overlooking it, the imposing prize, Stirling Castle, now beautifully restored to the time of James V (the father of Mary Queen of Scots).