King’s Knot

The Kings Knot was constructed for Charles I between 1627-9. The area is covered in grass now, but it was originally designed as an ornamental garden.

Stirling’s Royal Park was established by William the Lion in the 12th century. The Kings Knot was a central part of Stirling Castle’s Royal Park, and to really appreciate how special it is, it should be viewed from above. From the Ladies Lookout in Stirling Castle (or via a satellite map image) you can more fully appreciate the scale and importance of this feature in the landscape, constructed for Charles I in 1627-9.

Before this, in the 1490s, James IV had filled the Royal Park with fruit trees, flowers, ornamental hedges and fish ponds.  The Park was designed to be admired from the Castle, as well as wandered through by members of the Scottish court. The King’s Knot is covered in grass now, but it was originally an ornamental garden, similar to those found in the grounds of romantic chateaux in France. Its purpose was to enchant and impress visitors to the Castle; emphasising the wealth and status of the Stuart kings, proof that they were just as powerful and cultured as other European monarchs. In 1867, the Kings Knot was restored to its current state by Queen Victoria.

The geometric shapes which make up this important green space in the city inspired our Trust’s logo.


Colourised postcard of King's Knot and Kings Park. Courtesy of Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum.


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