The city of Stirling is steeped in history.
It was once the Capital of Scotland; it was created a Royal burgh by King David I in 1130; it is associated with nearby Bannockburn (where Bruce beat the English); it has the ruins of Cambuskenneth Abbey, the resting place of King James III of Scotland and his queen Margaret of Denmark; and there is the medieval Church of the Holy Rude, where King James VI was crowned King of Scots on 29 July 1567.
And then there is the Castle, which was once the childhood playground of Mary Queen of Scots.
It contains the Royal Palace, the first Renaissance palace in the British Isles, and one of the most architecturally impressive buildings in Scotland.
‘Stirling Castle’, Stirling. From John Parker Lawson’s Scotland Delineated. London: Day and Son, 1858.