Stirling Castle : Michelin's recommendations
Given its situation on a steep rock overlooking the plains of the Forth, Stirling Castle was one of the most powerful and invincible castles in Scotland. A masterpiece of Renaissance decoration, Stirling, like the royal residences of Falkland and Linlithgow, is an example of continental Renaissance influence. With the accession of the Stuarts and the departure of James VI for London, the castle was a permanent royal residence. The most exceptional aspect of this palace, whose plan is very simple with four buildings surrounding an interior courtyard, is the sophistication of its façades. You can see the development of styles over a period of 150 years by comparing the façades of the great room (1460-1488), the palace (1496-1540) and the chapel (1594). The great room has been rebuilt to rediscover its former late gothic glory. In the royal apartments, the Queen's Outer and Own Halls contain some of the famous Stirling Heads. This series of oak medallions is a very fine and very rare collection of wooden sculptures from the Scottish Renaissance. The royal chapel, which is in the classical First Renaissance style, has a fine façade on the Ceremonial Courtyard and a very elaborate interior decoration.
- Address : Castle Esplanade GB - Stirling FK8 1EJFK8 1EJStirling
- Phone : 01786 450000
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website : http://www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk
- Prices : 13 £ (-15 years old 6.50 £)