Sruighlea Heritage Tour

Stirling: Place of Conflict

“10,000 years ago, Stirling Highland Games field would have been underwater, part of a great inland sea loch, the bodies of prehistoric whales and dolphins washed up on the coastline and you can see their bones in the Smith museum.

This ocean gradually silted up and turned into a vast bog, Stirling Castle and the Wallace monument sit on two promontories into this sea and was the lowest crossing point across the Forth.

If you controlled Stirling you controlled the way north or south, a hard military fact for everyone from the Romans to the Jacobites….so for the last 2000 years Stirling was the most important location in Scottish history. And off course Sir William Wallace understood this which led to is famous victory at Stirling Bridge in 1297, he used the pinch point of the crossing to split the English army and pounced! “

This is just a small quote taken from the on-site walking tour you can experience as part of Sruighlea. If you are visiting Stirling then our walking tour is really worth coming along to where our young guides talk you through some amazing facts about Stirling, its landmarks and its place in Scottish history.

Our Festival site has a cracking backdrop as its overlooked by both the National Wallace Monument as well as Stirling Castle so we hope you can join us this year on one of the on-site tours during the day.

Once you have booked your tickets to The Sruighlea Festival then we suggest the following 10 Things to Do in Stirling as well:

  • Visit Stirling Smith Museum and Art Galley
  • Visit the Bastion, Thieves Pot in Thistle Centre
  • Join our walking tour at The Sruighlea Festival
  • Run in the visitors race at the Stirling Highland Games
  • Walk over Stirling Bridge
  • Visit Cambuskenneth Abbey
  • Walk around Kings Park and end up at The Kings Knot gardens
  • Visit Cowanes Hospital and Church of The Hoylrude
  • Walk the Bannockburn battle site
  • Visit the National Wallace Monument