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Stirling castle is one of the most important and historically rich castles in the whole of Scotland.  The castle sits atop the geological formation known as the Stirling sil and is surrounded on three sides by rock faces which give the castle a very strong defensive position. The very first record of Stirling castle dates back to 1110 when Alex I the then king of Scotland dedicated a chapel within the castle.

The castle features several important and culturally rich features within its grounds.

The Chapel Royal.

Many features have been built within the castle by request of royalty; the chapel royal was the last such feature. Built in 1594 the chapel took 10 years to complete and rests on the remains of the older chapel where Mary queen of Scots was crowned. The chapel has taken many different forms and uses over the year such as dining room, school room and storeroom. Restored to its previous glory after the First World War the chapel is once again in a glorious condition complete with a magnificent historical frieze that was discovered during its renovation.

The Great Hall.

The great hall was built in 1503 by James IV to impress his new queen Margaret Tudor. The hall is one of the largest banqueting halls within Scotland.  The Castle was turned into an army depot in the nineteenth century which resulted in the removal of the roof and the space divided up. Restoration started in 1964 on the great hall and lasted 35 years in which time the hall was returned to its regal splendour and decadence.

The Palace.

The Stirling palace was built for King James V and his second queen Mary of Guise in or around 1540. The palace was intended as a celebration for his forthcoming marriage and built to be grander then any palace that his French bride would have seen before.

At one point the palace was the central hub of the government and was a showcase for George V and his thoroughly modern government.

Stirling Castle with its countless attractions and unique beauty is guaranteed to enhance and take your Self Catering Scotland holiday to new highs. With local accommodation such as Argyll Cottages, guesthouses and hotels nearby you have no excuse not to visit Stirling Castle!


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