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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We stayed for two nights (booked three but unfortunately had to cut our stay short due to circumstances beyond our control). Check in was smooth and efficient. Room had lovely new carpet and was comfortable and clean. Hospitality tray only had tea and coffee and milk on first evening but there was a bottle of water and biscuits on second day. Bathroom clean but decor a little in need of attention (e.g. grouting) but nothing major. However, lots of lovely clean towels and good toiletries.
Restaurant food is really good! Service at night also good. Breakfast service was rather slow and we had to ask for tea and clearing was slow despite waiting staff standing to attention in dining rooms. Good food selection and small quantities cooked regularly so cooked food was hot and fresh. Overall good value and a pleasant stay. When we had to leave unexpectedly the check out and cancellation policy was excellent. Would recommend and stay again.
Came for a work trip, decided to stay for the weekend. The character of the building fits with the history of the city. Great location for the castle, and exploring around. Everything on the doorstep. All hotel staff very friendly. Didn't have breakfast, as there are great options from the small indi restaurants so can't comment. Will be staying here again when I next come to Stirling.
Attended the Physio First Scotland Show and stayed overnight. Excellent meal on the Friday night - served quickly and hot
The room was lovely with a new carpet. The beds were a little soft and leaned to one side.
Very friendly and would stay again