Springtime in Stirling

Stirling Castle

To celebrate the easing of restrictions we’ve put together our top 5 places to visit in Stirling. It’s now more important than ever to support local organisations, charities, and businesses as we slowly and carefully come out of Lockdown. So stay safe out there, and enjoy yourselves at one of these fantastic locations.


  1. Stirling Castle

The Castle will lower its drawbridge on the 30th of April. We can’t wait to get our tickets, and maybe even pick-up a scone and a cup of tea from the Unicorn Café, which will also be open and serving visitors. Historic Environment Scotland are also offering visitors new experiences, including audio tours available on your mobile phone, and downloadable trails and games, so make sure your phone is charged before you go!

Find out more about ticket prices and opening times here, and watch this handy video so you know what to expect when you visit.


Figure 1: Stirling Castle from the King’s Knot. Image by SCHT.


  1. The Smith Art Gallery & Museum

The Smith is a Stirling stalwart, and thankfully it re-opens on 29th April. You will be able to visit on Thursday-Sunday, from 11-4. You can peruse their current exhibitions, including The Man Who Could Paint Anything – The Legacy of Thomas Stuart Smith – The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. We also look forwarding to visiting the café again when it reopens on the 29th of April, keep an eye out on social media for updates on their cakes!


Figure 2: Photograph of The Smith from their own amazing collection. Image courtesy of The Smith Art Gallery and Museum.


  1. Made In Stirling

The Made In Stirling shop and hub is a great community resource. It reopened on 26th April, and you’ll be able to purchase gorgeous locally produced art, jewellery and homeware. Made In Stirling also hosts art workshops and is a collection point for Neighbourhood Food, an amazing online market of locally produced goods. An exhibition on Stirling architects McLuckie & Walker will be installed in Made In Stirling’s gallery space by us here at the Trust later this summer, for updates keep your eyes peeled to our social media feeds. But if you can’t wait until then, check-out out online exhibition here.


Figure 3: Image of the Made in Stirling Shop Front, by Made in Stirling.


  1. Cowane’s Hospital

For the past few years one of Stirling’s oldest buildings, Cowane’s Hospital, has been undergoing an exciting restoration, with auld staneybreeks himself even getting the VIP treatment! The exterior of the building has now been beautifully conserved, and work has begun on the interior, where visitors will be able to visit a new exhibition space as well as the gardens and café. Keep an eye out here for updates on this exciting project, which we are very happy to be funding.


Figure 4: Cowane’s Hospital prior to restoration. Image by SCHT.


  1. Wallace Monument

The National Wallace Monument is now in the care of Stirling Council, and whilst it’s always nice to admire it from afar, nothing beats the views you can get from the top of the Monument itself. It reopened on 26th April and will be open every day from 9:30-5. To manage visitor numbers, reserve your tickets ahead of time here. There’s also some great news for Stirling residents… we can now visit the monument for free! Just make sure you book your spot at least 24 hours in advance, and bring proof of you address along with you.


Figure 5: The National Wallace monument on a sunny day. Image by SCHT.






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