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Nestled within the centre of the bustling town of Stirling, known as the gateway to the Scottish Highlands, the imposing Stirling Highland Hotel was built in 1854 and boasts arresting Victorian architecture. It was previously the High School of Stirling, and artefacts and mementoes from that time are peppered around the building. In 1889, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, who later became the British prime minister in 1905, gave the school an observatory, and to this day it remains in use and can be toured by hotel guests. The hotel has a popular restaurant, cosy bar, gym and spa, and is a short walk away from other historic buildings, and the shops, bars and restaurants within the town.

THE DETAILS

Location

The hotel is so well placed you won't need to use transport of any kind to get around the city centre.

From Stirling, you can easily explore Glasgow and Edinburgh; or stay in the city and visit Stirling Castle, the Royal Gardens and Victoria Park.
By train: trains run to Stirling from London (5 hours), Edinburgh and Glasgow (50 minutes). It's a 10-minute walk to the hotel. thetrainline.com
By plane: direct flights from London to Glasgow or Edinburgh. It's a 40-minute drive to the hotel from either airport. Free parking on-site. skyscanner.net

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Style & Character

The hotel mainly attracts middle-aged and older travellers and business people. The spacious restaurant is one of the more updated areas, with grey wood panelling and large windows allowing the light to flood in.

Service & Facilities

The hotel has a working observatory - The Royal Astrological Society - that was built in 1889 and which features the original telescope.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Wellness suite
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

Rooms with a king size bed ensured a comfortable good night's sleep. Little Scottish-themed touches like occasional Tartan textiles underline the sense of staying in the Highlands.

Standard, Deluxe, Premium, Family
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, desk, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Scottish touches include a haggis and oatmeal bon bon with the breast of chicken. The loin of venison and pancetta with fondant potato, braised red cabbage, butternut squash purée and port wine sauce was tasty.

The Scholar's Restaurant: classic European cuisine with a Scottish twist, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients. All-day dining, open daily.

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