Historic Houses & Castles

STAYCATION SPECIAL

2 course dinner from our set menu, bed and breakfast from £39 per adult and £30 per child under 12 per night. Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to check in.

£39

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At a Glance

  • Location: 0.5 Miles West
  • Admission (2020): Adult (16 – 59 yrs) £17.50, Child (5 – 15 yrs) £10.50, Concession (60 yrs+ and unemployed) £14.00
  • Open: All Year except 25 & 26 December
  • More Information: View website

Stirling Castle

One of the largest and most important castles in Scotland. You can visit the Great Hall which was built for James IV around 1503, the richly decorated Royal Palace which recalls the years when it was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots and don’t miss the Great Kitchens showing what life was like for the men and women who served the Kings and Queens.
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At a Glance

  • Location: 0.1 Miles West
  • Admission (2020): Adults: £8.00 Children/Concessions: £6 Kids under the age of 5 are free
  • Open: April to October
  • More Information: View website

The Old Town Jail

Discover tales of the horrible history of crime and punishment in the Royal Burgh of Stirling. You’ll hear of infamous executioner Jock “The Happy Hangman” Rankin, along with murderers, martyrs and more. You will experience the popular and much praised Performance Tours that will make your time in jail even more vivid.
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At a Glance

  • Location: 2.3 Miles North
  • Admission (2020): Adult £10.75, Senior Citizen (aged 60+) £8.75, Child (under 16) £6.75, Student £8.75. Family Tickets are also available.
  • Open: All Year except 25 & 26 December and 1st January
  • More Information: View website

The Wallace Monument

This is one of Stirling’s most distinctive landmarks, overlooking the scene of Scotland’s victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. This is a place where history is in the air as you follow the story of Sir William Wallace, patriot, martyr, and Guardian of Scotland.
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At a Glance

  • Location: 0.3 Miles West
  • Admission (2020): Free
  • Open: All Year except 25 & 26 December and 1st January
  • More Information: View website

Holy Rude

The Church has been the historic Burgh Kirk, or Parish Church, of Stirling for 900 years and is the only church still in active use, apart from Westminster Abbey in London, to have hosted a coronation, when the infant King James VI of Scotland (later also James I of England) was crowned in the Holy Rude on the 29th July 1567.
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At a Glance

  • Location: 1.4 Miles North East
  • Admission (2020): Free
  • Open: April to September
  • More Information: View website

Cambuskenneth Abbey

Cambuskenneth Abbey was founded in about 1140 by King David I to serve Stirling Castle, which stands a short distance to the west. It is the resting place of King James III and his wife Queen Margaret. The abbey’s chief delight is the bell tower, an excellent example of 1200s architecture.
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At a Glance

  • Location: 0.8 Miles North West
  • Admission (2020): Free
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

The Beheading Stone

When it comes to horrible histories, you can’t get much more gruesome than the beheading stone, the clue is in the name! Reputed to be the location of the execution in 1425 of Murdoch, Duke of Albany together with his sons after being found guilty of treason.

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At a Glance

  • Location: 3.6 Miles North West
  • Admission (2020): Free (Charges for Swimming and Sports Activities)
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Airthrey Castle

The Castle was built to a design by Robert Adam and the 363 acre grounds and man-made loch were designed by Thomas White for the Haldane family in the late 18th century. Now they all form part of the Stirling University campus and are open to the public. The campus also includes a Swimming Pool which is open for recreational swimming.

Image credits: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam – VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins – Lairich Rig / Cannons and the Beheading Stone on Gowan Hill
Information correct at July 2020. Please confirm details direct with attraction. E&OE.

Why not take a picnic?

To make things easier we can put together a picnic lunch for you to take on your travels, just ask at reception for more details.

Dog Friendly Welcome

We like to welcome your whole family, so don’t leave your beloved dog at home, bring them with you! There are so many walks and parks nearby they'll have a great time! See our Pet Policy.

A VICTORIAN LANDMARK HOTEL IN STIRLING

Hotel Colessio is perfectly situated for exploring this beautiful part of Scotland.

  • Edinburgh and Glasgow within easy reach
  • Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument and Bannockburn nearby
  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs on the edge of the Scottish Highlands only 30 minutes by car
  • A Dog Friendly Hotel

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STAYCATION SPECIAL

2 course dinner from our set menu, bed and breakfast from £39 per adult and £30 per child under 12 per night. Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to check in.

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