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Directions for the Stirling Castle walk

Updated Thursday, 29th October 2009

Directions and an interactive map for the Stirling Castle audio walk.

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Esplanade, Stirling Castle Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC

These directions will guide you along the route of the Stirling Castle audio walk. Why not print out this page and take it with you?

The walk takes an hour to an hour and a half if you're listening to the audio, longer if you wish to explore any of the sites in further detail.

Stirling Old Town is built on a very steep hill, and the walk involves a flight of steps, so this walk is unsuitable for wheelchair users. An alternative walk around Stirling is also available, which would be more suitable for wheelchair users.


  • Broad Street
  • Stirling
  • Scotland

The walk starts on Broad Street, in the heart of Stirling’s Old Town. There are three particular points to note: the Mercat Cross (this was Stirling’s marketplace); the Tolbooth, where the town council would have met; and Norrie’s House – typical of the merchants’ homes in the burgh.

Point 1: Broad Street


Broad Street, Stirling Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC

Broad Street

From here, walk to the top of Broad Street, and turn left to reach the next point: the Church of the Holy Rude.


Point 2: Church of the Holy Rude


Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC

Church of the Holy Rude

If you wish, take some time to look around the church – look out for where the dividing wall once stood, and the spot where James VI was crowned. Then, make your way through the old graveyard behind the church. There is a raised viewpoint at the rear – head up to there.


Point 3: Kirkyard


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Kirkyard view, facing the castle

Kirkyard, Stirling Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC

Kirkyard view, overlooking Forth valley

From this viewpoint you can look over to the castle, down towards town, across the Forth valley.

The next point on the walk is the castle. Take the path that cuts through, and then to the rear of the new cemetery. You will reach some steps that bring you out onto the Castle Esplanade.


Point 4: Castle Esplanade and outer defences


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Castle Esplanade and outer defences

Stirling Castle is the town’s most famous landmark. But the face it presents to the town was not always the one you see now – these fortifications were built following an attempted Jacobite rising in 1708. Now, head back into town – go across the esplanade, and down onto Castle Wynd.


Point 5: Castle Wynd, Argyll’s Lodging and Mar’s Wark


Argyll's Lodging, Stirling Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC

Argyll's Lodging

Mar's Wark, Stirling Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC

Mar's Wark

Now walk down out of Stirling’s Old Town. Head down Castle Wynd, past Mar’s Wark, past the church of the Holy Rude, and down St John Street. When you reach Spittal Street, turn right onto Corn Exchange Road – but before you do, take note of the yellow building opposite. This is Glengarry Lodge – where the town’s Episcopalians would have gathered to worship in secret.

Walk along Corn Exchange Road until you see a footpath called Back Walk – take the long sloping branch to the right. At the bottom, turn right again onto Greenwood Avenue, near the Smith Art Gallery. Walk past the gallery, down Victoria Road and turn right onto the main road, Albert Place. One block up, you reach a crossroads by the King’s Knot. Cross the road and then turn left onto Queens Road. This will take you to King’s Park, the final point on the walk.


Point 6: King’s Park


King's Park, Stirling Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC

King's Park

Today a park and golf course, this is where the Duke of Argyll’s army camped in the run–up to the Battle of Sheriffmuir.


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