Stirling Castle, UK
One of the most popular tourism destinations in Scotland, Stirling Castle is an amazing example of local design during medieval and Renaissance periods. The castle is situated atop an extinct volcano (now referred simply as Castle Hill) at the height of 250 feet and it was constructed not later than in the 12th century (although exact data is yet unavailable).
Stirling Castle History
The present buildings of the castle were constructed around 15th century. Stirling has always played a significant role in the historical events in Scotland. During the Wars of Independence (14th century), it was a very important military strategic site whereas later it became a popular residency for the Stuart Monarchs as well as the knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors to spend their days. Mary Queen of the Scots spent most of her childhood in Stirling and the Royal Chapel of Stirling was also the place of her coronation in 1543.
Stirling Castle Attractions
Stirling castle is the most grand sites in whole of Scotland and no wonder it was included in Lonely Planet’s 40 most amazing experiences in Europe. Among all the facilities in Stirling, there are several that must not be missed.
The Royal Palace of the Stirling Castle has been acknowledged as one of the finest examples of the Renaissance architecture in Scotland and is among the best-preserved in whole of Great Britain. Built from 1540 to 1542, it gives us a bright insight into the wealth of the royal life. Amazingly colorful decorations, classical symbols and patterns, tapestries, sophisticated, hand-made furniture, carved oak portraits, known as the Stirling Heads (displayed on the upper floor of the Palace) – everything in the Royal Palace needed to show the high-rank of James V and his French wife Mary of Guise.
Built for his descendant, James IV, the Great Hall is also among the most significant objects in Stirling. Nowhere else in Scotland you will find a banqueting hall as big as this one. It is the place where royal baptism celebrations took place. It was a true culmination of the celebrations.
Other sites, such as the Great Kitchens, the Palace Vaults, Queen Anne garden and others all carry the sense of medieval and Renaissance Scotland. Stirling castle is a magnificent time-travel back to the era of the royal and the noble ones and it is definitely a must-see site for anyone visiting Scotland.