The Old Town Tour

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Welcome to Stirling…the ‘Key To Scotland’.

For centuries the Stirling Bridge divided north from South, Highland from Lowland. William Wallace, Robert Bruce and Bonnie Prince Charlie fought their most famous battles in the shadow of our Castle, the favoured seat of the Royal House of Stuart, and we’ve long been fabled in song and story!

But there’s much more to the Royal Burgh than tales of Crowns and conflicts.

On the Old Town Tour you’ll discover the strange, scary (and sometimes just plain silly) secrets of those who once walked these cobbled streets – from Jacobites and Roundheads to grave-robbers, cut-purses and Covenanters!

Explore Mar’s Wark and hear the ‘Curse of Alloa Tower’ which some say brought about its ruin. See our Tolbooth, condemned as ‘The Worst Jail In Britain’. Hear how the Stirling Wolf saved us from Viking raiders…and revel in the romantic exploits of Merchant and Privateer, John Cowane, whose ghost is still said to visit his home each Hogmanay…there’s no shortage of tales to tell.

Be you local or visitor, a die-hard history-buff or a recent convert to Caledonian culture thanks to ‘Braveheart’ or ‘Outlander’, the Old Town Tour’s mix of fact, fable and fun is for you.

Your Guide is David Kinnaird – actor, author, and host of the Luxury Travel Guide award-winning Stirling GhostWalk. Tours depart from the grounds of the Old Town Jail at 12 Noon, 2pm and 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May-to-September. Special group rates are available: details on request.

Old Town Tour tickets are available from the VisitScotland Information Centre, or from the guide, 15 minutes before the show.

Prices from £6 Adults, £4 Kids/Concessions & £16 Family

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  • Old Town Jail, St John's Street, Stirling FK8 1EA


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    Stirling is one of the most historically significant cities in the country and the best way to take in some of this history is with a guided tour. There are a number of tour operators which provide tours around Stirling and throughout Scotland. Take in the history of the old medieval town centre with the Old Town Tour, offering a hilarious mix of comedy, drama and storytelling with costumed local guides. Or try a tour exploring the darker side of Stirling’s gruesome history with Stirling Ghost Walk .

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Prices from £6 Adults, £4 Kids/Concessions & £16 Family