The worlds largest equine sculptures. Located next to the Forth & Clyde Canal, standing at 100ft tall and weighing more than 300 tonnes each, the magical Kelpies are a man-made wonder and a feat of engineering. The works of art, created by artist Andy Scott, have become iconic on the landscape after being modelled on real-life icons of times gone by — Clydesdale horses Duke and Baron. The Kelpies represent the lineageof the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the geographical layout of Falkirk.
Prepare for battle at the multi-award-winning visitor centre. The Battle of Bannockburn experience puts you at the heart of the action with cutting-edge 3D technology. Outside, wander across the parkland and admire the restored commemorative monuments, including the iconic statue of Robert the Bruce. The visitor centre expertly harnesses fully-immersive 3D technology to bring this thrilling chapter of Scotland’s story to life. Come and experience medieval combat like never before and discover more about this crucial event in Scottish history. Take command of your own virtual battlefield to try and re-create the battle, and then witness Bruce’s decisive victory, against all odds. Interact with medieval warriors, pages, archers and knights on either side of the conflict as they reveal how they became involved in the battle. Outside, follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce in our memorial park and see the spot where he raised his royal standard. Admire the battleground and restored commemorative monuments, including the iconic statue of Robert the Bruce, cast in shimmering bronze.
Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most historically important sites and was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle. Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to Stirling Castle to revel in its grandeur with its superb sculptures and beautiful gardens. It was a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations from christenings to coronations. Today you can meet the costumed characters in the roles of bodyguards, court officials, maids of honour and servants who will welcome you into 16th century life. Families can have fun in the palace vaults where children can try out activities such as dressing in period costume and playing medieval instruments. Don’t miss a guided tour with knowledgeable staff who will bring the castle’s infamous characters and history to life in great detail. Other highlights include the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Castle Exhibition, Regimental Museum, Great Kitchens, Tapestry Studio and the nearby Argyll’s Lodging, a 17th century town house.
The Church of The Holy Rude at the top of Stirling Old Town has witnessed over 900 years of history. It was the crowning place of King James VI of Scotland, and even bears bullet marks from past battles. Visit for peaceful reflection, impressive architecture and stunning stained glass windows. Make sure to explore the atmospheric cemetery too, which offers views across to Stirlingshire and The Trossachs.
Heading out of Stirling to The National Wallace Monument you will pass Stirling Old Bridge, Although the original timber bridge from the famous 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge no longer exists, Stirling Old Bridge stands just downstream and replaced the earlier timber crossings. Steeped in history, Old Stirling Bridge was built in the late 1400s or early 1500s by Murdoch, Duke of Albany. One of its arches was blown up by General Blackney in 1745 in an attempt to prevent Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Highlanders from crossing the River Forth.
A national landmark, where visitors discover the life and legacy of the patriot and martyr Sir William Wallace. See Wallace’s legendary battle-sword – the centerpiece of the magnificent Hall of Heroes, and enjoy panoramic views from the Crown. One of the most distinctive landmarks on the Stirling skyline – The National Wallace Monument commemorates the Scottish patriot and martyr who triumphed over King Edward’s army at The Battle of Stirling Bridge. As you climb towards the crown of the famous tower, each level tells the story of Scotland’s National Hero, and shows how his part in the history of Scotland has been recognised through the generations.
Historic Culross is one of Scotland’s most picturesque towns. It is believed that Culross was founded by St Serf, and is located in the south west of Fife, overlooking the Firth of Forth. Wandering around this charming town is about as close to stepping back in time to the 16th century as possible. The whitewashed, red-tiled buildings are well preserved, such as the Town House, where witches were tried and held while awaiting execution. The nearby ochre-coloured Culross Palace, built by wealthy coal merchant George Bruce in the late 16th century, is in fact not a palace but a grand and impressive house. You can explore the small rooms and connecting passageways, with wonderful painted ceilings, pine panelling, antique furniture and curios. The garden is planted with grasses, herbs and vegetables of the period. Take a stroll up a cobbled alleyway known as Back Causeway, which is complete with a raised central aisle that was formerly used by noblemen to separate them from the ‘commoners’. This leads up behind the magnificent Town House to the Study, a restored house, built in 1610, that takes its name from the small room at the top of the corbelled projecting tower.
The itinerary above is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing tour of your own making. The tour price does not include your entrance fees, lunches, dinners or the chauffeurs gratuity.