The Stirling Highland Hotel
What We Love
- A historic hotel at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands, with breakfast and dinner optionsThe gourmet restaurant's old-school, traditional style, with wood-paneled walls and an impressive wine selection
- Admiring the moon through the historic telescope on the hotel roof
- Exploring the nearby castle and teeing off at Stirling Golf Club
What To Know
- The hotel is in a converted high school from the 1800s and has old world architecture and atmosphere that many liken to Harry Potter's Hogwarts
- Located a 10-minute walk from Stirling Castle and the city center, plus plenty of pubs and restaurants
- The hotel sits on a rather steep hill, something to consider if you'll be walking in and out of town a lot. Otherwise, you can easily take a cab
The Stirling Highland Hotel is a traditional four-star hotel in the heart of Stirling, an important historical city in central Scotland. Known as the “Gateway to the Highlands,” this former capital is home to an imposing castle and a charming medieval old town. Easily within reach of golf courses and ancient battlefields, as well as within an hour’s drive of Loch Lomond and the hip cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, this hotel makes a great base from which to explore Scotland.
Converted from a 19th-century school, the hotel is full of original charm – you can even have a drink in the Headmaster’s Study, now a brasserie serving whiskey and afternoon tea. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, and a health club is available, featuring a heated indoor pool, a sauna and squash courts. Dining here is a real treat, with the AA Rosette-awarded restaurant serving gourmet food and fine wine.
Standard rooms at The Stirling Highland Hotel are traditionally decorated and generously proportioned, with a small seating area for you to enjoy. Premium rooms are a bit larger, and feature more contemporary décor, as well as three windows that look out onto the city.
There are two restaurants at The Stirling Highland Hotel. Headmaster’s Study is an informal brasserie, serving hearty classics and offering an excellent whiskey menu. The AA Rosette-awarded Scholar’s Restaurant is the fine-dining option, with an à la carte menu of gourmet cuisine and an extensive wine list.
Less than half a mile from Stirling Castle, the hotel is well placed for soaking up some of the area’s history. The quaint spa town of Bridge of Allan is about three miles away and is popular for its boutiques and delis. The 600-year-old baronial mansion Callendar House & Park is also nearby, as well as countless, beautiful Highland walking routes.
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Although the rooms are a little tired and in need of attention the hotel is outstanding. All of the staff are very friendly and professional especially Scott at reception and Thomas in the dining room. The food was first class and there was a great selection at breakfast. I would highly recommend a stay in this hotel.
This hotel is comfortable but a little tired. The lift was broken during my stay but staff helped me with my luggage. Rooms comfortable. Dining room served an excellent breakfast. I found all the staff friendly and helpful. This hotel is in an excellent location for historic Stirling.
Hubby and I stayed for two nights in a deluxe double room no 335. It was perfect, beautifully dressed by the housekeeping staff and very clean. The view was also great.
We had a slight niggle on check in but this was quickly dealt with.
Breakfast was delicious
The best feature of the Hotel though is the staff. They are friendly and a real asset to the hotel
We will return and would highly recommend.
My husband and I were here for a weekend break Friday to Sunday, our second time here. A quirky, cosy hotel up a steep hill in easy walking distance of the old town and centre of Stirling. We enjoyed a concert nearby in the Tolbooth for St Andrews night. We booked here again because of the leisure facilities so enjoyed the pool, steam room and sauna. I was disappointed that the jacuzzi was closed for a refurb, likewise the lift was off. We didn’t go to the restaurant or bar this time. Bars and restaurants are all within easy reach of the hotel. We will be back on our next visit to Stirling.
My boyfriend booked me a spa break at this hotel and everything was great at first, check in was fine, room was fine (a little cold but turned the radiator on) and the spa was excellent! The relaxation room is lovely and Caitlin, our spa therapist was most likely the best thing about our stay, she was so kind and informative and had such a calm tone of voice that really added to the atmosphere.
Dinner was the problem! The waiters were fine, they weren’t busy that night and a young boy called George served us, he was trying his best but nobody seemed to know about the dinner included in the spa package, a supervisor went and checked, we asked about drinks and she said a champagne could be included, I said no thank you, being a female I spoke on behalf of my boyfriend and I as I thought he didn’t like champagne but it was actually Prosecco so within 30 seconds we said to the waiter, actually we have changed our mind and he said no problem. We waited 10 minutes for it, with the supervisor who offered it to us constantly walking past our table saying nothing, we flagged down the waiter who then said no you can’t have the champagne, which was awkward and we then had to proceed to ask to order drinks as it still hadn’t been taken. We are fussy eaters so ordered our pork and chicken mains with no whisky sauce, our mains looked minimal and not at all what should come out of a 4 star hotel, regardless of it being gourmet food and not having sauce it did not meet expectations. My partner was devastated. Starter and dessert were great! My boyfriend loved the creme brûlée!
We went downstairs and asked for a blanket after dinner for our room, and we were then brought a second duvet, we were grateful they brought something but who can sleep with two huge duvets?
The next day upon check out the receptionist really had nothing to say to us and didn’t ask us a thing of our stay.
It’s handy if you bring a car as you get the permit so can leave your car parked there when you go Into Stirling city centre rather than driving to the multi-storey and back.
Breakfast was amazing, typical Scottish buffet which was great!
We have emailed the hotel, no response.
5/5 for the spa for sure!