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Edinburgh - Stirling

Between Edinburgh and Stirling

Between Edinburgh and Stirling


Driving and Detours:

Approximate distance: 37 miles or 60 km.

Fast Motorway all the way, passing through or next to some of Scotland's major industrial areas associated originally with sea-born trade routes from the Firth of Forth.

House of the Binns

(open May to September in the afternoons (except Fridays), (National Trust for Scotland)

Blackness Castle

off the A409
Royal stronghold serving Linlithgow Palace (see below),on the Firth of Forth, dating from the 14th century
This castle was the location for Hamlet starring Mel Gibson and Glen Close.
Historic Scotland. Open all year (Winter: closed on Thursday afternoons and Fridays) Tel: 01606 834807

Antonine Wall and Rough Castle

near Falkirk, built in AD142 and was one of the Roman forts on the Antonine Wall.


Well worth visiting is The Palace of Linlithgow about 16 miles from Edinburgh on the left hand side. Although dating from early medieval times most of the building started under James I in 1424. This vast building overlooking a loch was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in 1542.
See: short article on Linlithgow Palace


Also near Linlithgow is Cairnpapple. This photograph (above right) of Cairnpapple shows the centre of the prehistoric ceremonial burial ground.


Robert the Bruce with an army of about 7,000 men defeated the English army of 20,000 here on the 24 June 1314. It was a decisive victory for the Scots and led to independence.
The story is explained at the visitor centre called the Bannockburn Heritage Center, open daily April to October.

Stirling Castle


The most impressive thing about Stirling as you approach from a distance is the rocky mound standing above the town upon which Stirling Castle is situated, its stone walls as though welded to the rocky contours. The Castle was a royal stronghold since the 12th century, and is the regimental headquarters of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
See: the article about the Museum of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders This regimental museum has some facinating objects including ancient pipes and tartan, and conjures up a vivid picture of aspects of Scotland's past.
Stirling has a medieval bridge across the Forth, some cobbled streets and many historic buildings.
Just outside to the North is the victorian Wallace Monument, which stands atop Abbey Craig like a cathedral spire.

Accommodation en route or round about:

For accommodation in Edinburgh, see:
Accommodation in Edinburgh
For accommodation nearby the Edinburgh area see: Accommodation in the Edinburgh area
Bed & Breakfast accommodation:
Self-catering houses and cottages:

The Garden Cottage. Comfortable secluded cottage rental in its own garden in Linlithgow. Sleeps 3.

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