A historic Scottish City, Stirling has grown up around the medieval Stirling Castle, which sits on a volcanic rock. That sets the scene for an instant sense of historic intrigue, adding a fascinating dimension to a Stirling spa break.
Within the city itself, visitors can discover a wealth of history, hewn into the architecture and the landscape. The 19th century tower, the National Wallace Monument, overlooks the site of the 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge, where the Scottish knight, William Wallace, defeated the English. Battles play a big role in the history of this part of the world, and so families delight in the interactive 3D displays of the famous 1314 victory of Robert the Bruce over King Edward II, at the Battle of Bannockburn Experience.
For those who prefer the healing powers of the great outdoors, Stirling is also recognised as the eastern gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Those seeking outdoor adventurers while staying at Stirling spa hotels, will love exploring glens, mountains and trails on foot, bike or even on boat trips. You may also be charmed by surrounding villages like Aberfoyle and Callander, and more historic attractions, such as Doune Castle, which has featured in on screen favourites such as Outlander and Monty Python.
Spa days in Stirling offer a variety of experiences, from those who have a little time for rest and relaxation, to those who want to spend the full day (or a few) enjoying a little pampering on your own, with friends or on a romantic break. Many, like Macdonald Inchyra Hotel and Spa or Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel and Resort, take spectacular advantage of the natural beauty outside, with superb views from around the hotel. For those who want to travel a little further and explore the surrounding areas, nearby Mar Hall with views of the River Clyde is a real treat.