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.
How to Get There
The hotel Is ideally situated for the castle, surrounding historic houses and city centre. Our room was well furnished and airy, the staff friendly and helpful. The food served in the restaurant was superb, some of the best cuisine we’ve ever tasted in Scotland and elsewhere. The hotel would have rated five stars but the lack of a convenient lift results in numerous stairs!
I stayed here as it was recommended by the customer but don't think I would stay here again. Think it was overpriced for what it is. Staff were friendly enough, room was clean and tidy but age of property means that it can be noisy - noise from outside, noise from upstairs/next door, etc. Found shower incredibly low - only suitable for someone under 5ft.
Was mostly disappointed with the breakfast - didn't really taste of anything. Didn't eat there in the evening so can't comment on dinner.
Note also that the hotel is used for lots of coach trips so can get busy.
On a plus I believe that they sometimes allow your dog to stay.
The location is fantastic- take the back walk to the castle and avoid the headache of driving and parking at the castle ( it's mayhem) and stop by the rude of the holy rude en route. Parking is free but you have to register your car ( no biggie). Continental breakfast was great with a wide selection. Town and restaurant were close and easily walkable. The second and third floor rooms are only accessible by stairs so be aware if you have mobility limitations. The rooms are sufficient but a bit tired and the windows are thin (aka can be noisy). The historic charm and location is worth it though.
As tired travelers coming from the states, I chose this as our first stop because of its convenience to some wonderful historical sites in Stirling. Staff were friendly, and there was free parking, but it smelled and looked old and tired, as it once was an old grammar school dating from the 1850s. It has a somewhat stern atmosphere. Nice surprises for me were the spa and swimming pool. Don't forget to bring your suit, and get a massage after a long trip! Get your breakfast elsewhere as the one they serve is expensive, and not very inspiring.
We stayed for one night whilst travelling around Scotland.The hotel is well situated for seeing the many attractions of Stirling. The hotel has been created from an old school so the building and decor are interesting. We had a reasonably priced room which was large, clean and comfortable. The furniture in the bedroom is a bit dated and there is no air conditioning but everything worked well ( e.g.TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities) and we slept well despite some noise from traffic and seabirds!
We were served an excellent meal in the restaurant by friendly staff and we enjoyed our stay. It delivered what we required for an overnight stop.