Stirling Castle is one of my favorite castles that we have visited, thus far. It reminded me of a mashup between Edinburgh Castle and Urquhart Castle. Of course, Stirling Castle affords the viewer some incredible views. It's set high up on Castle Hill and has a definite commanding presence. Mary Queen of Scots was crowned here and Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully attempted to take over the castle during the Wars for Scottish Independence in 1746.
Most of the castle dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, although King Alexander I dedicated a chapel here in 1110. It was built by the Stewart Kings James IV, James V, James VI although after the Stewart line ended, the castle became a military center. Restoration began on the castle fairly recently and various rooms, specifically the King and Queen's Chambers were restored to something close to their former glory.
Unlike many of the other castles we've seen, Stirling Castle has many exhibits and is very detail oriented. One video explains how the castle may have looked in its prime, while another video explains the significance behind many of the carved statues that adorn the walls. The attention to detail is definitely evident behind many of the exhibits and it is truly a lot of information to absorb.
I think we spent at least 3 hours wandering around the castle. There really was so much to see and soak in and the views were amazing! Definitely a must visit and conveniently located midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh! ;)