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 one night as a birthday treat for my 50th - the hotel was lovely, clean, well presented and staff pleasant. Our room was a fair size, clean and had all the facilities required. On checking in we were advised that should we wish to use the leisure facilities, the last entry to the pool was 6.15pm as they closed at 7pm. We got to the pool just after 6pm and had a swim, intending to use the jacuzzi but as people were in had to wait to use it, by the time others had vacated it was 6.40pm and we went to go into it only to be advised by the attendant that it was closed, he said it closed 20 minutes before the pool closed - I was very disappointed. I could see no notices advising that it closed earlier than the pool and spoke to him at the pool reception once I was out of the pool and dressed suggesting that if they were going to close the facility earlier than the pool closure they might consider advertising this fact to avoid disappointment, he advised that they ask people to come out of the pool, sauna & steam room about 20 minutes before closing to allow for people to get dried and dressed before they close, yet we were not asked to come out of the pool and there were other people still in the sauna. Why be advised on checking in, that the pool closed at 7pm when this is - according to the attendant - not the case. We also had booked for the restaurant for an evening meal but on looking at the menu outside the restaurant, it was offering pizza, burgers and the like, which to us for what was on offer, over priced and decided to cancel our booking, the receptionist advised us we had been looking at the bar menu and presented us with a different menu for evening meals, we both looked at it and didn't see anything we fancied and the prices again were overpriced. We found an eatery not far from the hotel with much better prices. I wouldn't say the hotel is any different from most hotels, as I find they are usually overpriced for their meals. Breakfast was a buffet set up and we couldn't fault it. The hotel overall is a lovely hotel apart from the little niggles.
Had a lovely time at The Stirling Highland Hotel. I got chocolates in my room. The room was very nice for a standard. The hotel staff attentive.Food amazing. Bar prices reasonable. Would highly recommend.
Three night stay in standard double room. Hotel location is great and easy walking distance to rail / bus stations, Stirling castle and town centre shops/ bars and restaurants.Hotel was easy to find and plenty of parking available. Check-in was quick. Room was adequate in size and comfort with shower over a bath in the en-suite (preferred option for us). Spa facilities excellent. Breakfast (self service), is great. Dinner was a bit dissappointing. If you want a picture on a plate to photograph - go for it. If you want a hearty meal - avoid for lack of vegtables (neuveau cuisine!), Service at dinner was acceptable.
Our room overlooked the courtyard carpark, and on Saturday night (1st night), this was very busy, and hence noisy. Not much sleep was had that night. I would suggest to management that they restrict movements (and hence noise), within the courtyard carpark by closing it between 2330 - 0630hrs otherwise they will receive complaints about it, I am sure. The other 2 nights spent there, the noise level was acceptable and some sleep was had!
Just aweful. Well worn room. The deluxe room had slippers and robes I guess to keep your feet off the crappy carpets and the ceiling from peeling on you. Bathroom had mold. Truly a disappointing ending to an otherwise great tour of Scotland.
My wife and I stayed at the Stirling Highland for 5 nights in early May.Check in was quick and efficient,our car was registered for the car park,and staff were friendly and helpful.While other reviewers have said that the rooms are dated,and they are to a degree,but they are in an old building,and our room was very clean and well maintained.My major "gripe" would be the breakfast.The hot breakfast was fine and plentiful,but the cold breakfast was extremely limited.Only one type of cheese and two cold meats.There was fruit,croissants,danish pastries,but the bread consisted of brown and white sliced pan and a seeded loaf.As I said,limited.
The hotel is well located for visiting the Castle,Holy Rude,and has easy access to routes into the highlands,which are spectacular,and a must if you are driving.Places like Doune Castle and Linlithgow Palace are within easy reach.The hotel is only a short walk from the town centre and restaurants.I would stay here again for the location and the friendliness of the staff.