Our first trip was on the Saturday when we braved the snow to get the car to the top of the hill (which was actually easier than we thought it would be).
After floundering a little on the self-guided hand-set tour, we decided to participate in the children's "Burn's Tour" lead by a very enthusiastic and engaging gentleman who soon had the various aged children (and adults) completely captivated!
I learnt so much about Burns, I almost forgot to wonder about the history of the Castle itself. After a visit to the Great Hall, and the history of Haggis and a wee complimentary warming dram, we ran out of time (busy schedule) to see everything, so with the benefit of membership decided to make a return trip the following morning.
Sunday morning, the snow had largely melted but the rain was coming down in sheets. Wrapped up in waterproofs and wellies, we joined a different tour guide for the history of the Castle tour. And very informative it was, from battles to royalty to furnishings and fabrics we were entertained with the stories of Stirling Castle going right the way back to the earliest days. Having heard the tour, we were pointed in the direction of some of the Castles treasures (the heads, the tapestries that we saw being woven, the kitchens, and the military museum). The weather was still a little ropey so we didn't get to see much of the battlements and the Queen Anne gardens, but we'll definitely go back again to do this.
Can thoroughly recommend to anyone of any age - a really good day out.
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