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Church of the Holy Rude

Marvel at the exquisite stained-glass windows and hear tales of coronations in this delightful church set amid views of the Stirling countryside.

The Church of the Holy Rude is an extraordinary 15th-century church in front of a winding path decorated by headstones. Among the oldest sites in Stirling, the Stewart Kings chose it to host their baptisms and coronations. Capture photos of the church with the cemetery in the foreground and the undulating fields as a backdrop.

Pick up a leaflet or guidebook with information about the church as you peruse its ornate interior. Inspect the stained-glass windows that depict Biblical figures and tales.

Walk around the cemetery and note the stones dating from the 1500s. See the exceptional stone containing an engraving of body snatching. It depicts the crime of a local gravedigger who sold a corpse for dissection. The Valley Cemetery was added in the 19th century and contains impressive statues by Alexander Handyside Ritchie.

Learn the fascinating history of this church, which played a role in several wars. It was damaged during the Siege of Stirling Castle in 1651. Note the holes still visible today from musket shots.

Attend a service and drop your toddlers off at the crèche or bring your children to the Young Church. Purchase souvenirs, cards and church relics from the gift shop at the welcome desk.

Find out about the coronation of the infant King James IV of Scotland in 1567. This is the only active church in Britain besides Westminster Abbey to have hosted a coronation. The origins of the church date back to 1129, although the oldest parts of the modern-day church are from the 1400s.

Visit the church on any day year-round from late morning until afternoon. Entrance is free, but donations are expected.

The Church of the Holy Rude is a short walk northwest of Stirling’s city center. Visit nearby attractions, such as the ruined building of Mar’s Wark and the stately mansion of Argyll’s Lodging. Climb the hill of Castle Wynd to reach Stirling Castle at the summit and enjoy the views of the town and the countryside.


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The Stirling Highland Hotel $91
Reviewed on May 13, 2019
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The Stirling Highland Hotel

The Stirling Highland Hotel

29 Spittal Street, Stirling, Scotland
     
    4.1 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    The hotel was in a great location for the town center, the castle and lots or places to eat. It is traditional in decor but warm, clean and comfortable bed, perfect for our one night stay.

    Hotel Colessio $102
    Reviewed on May 11, 2019
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    Hotel Colessio

    Hotel Colessio

    33 Spittal Street, Stirling, Scotland
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      The location is excellent, very close to the Castle

      Highland Gate by Marston's Inns $90
      Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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      Highland Gate by Marston's Inns

      Highland Gate by Marston's Inns

      Drip Road, Stirling, Scotland
         
        4.4 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Good all round, very clean, pleasant staff, lots of parking. Convenient for motorway and Stirling Castle is within walking distance. Good choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner all very reasonably priced. Good to find Vegetarian and Vegan choices as standard.

        Victoria Square $140
        Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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        Victoria Square

        Victoria Square

        12 Victoria Square, Stirling, Scotland
           
          4.9 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Beautiful home, everything was superb Really enjoyed the breakfast and the hospitality. Architecture and decorations in the house was Awesome. Highly recommend

          Castle Walk Bed & Breakfast $66
          Reviewed on May 2, 2019
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          Castle Walk Bed & Breakfast

          Castle Walk Bed & Breakfast

          Back Walk Rock Terrace, Stirling, Scotland
             
            4.3 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0

            It's entrance is on the old city wall limits so it's on a bit of historical land with views to die for. I was there for the Marathon and this B&B couldn't be better situated for this. 5 min walk from the train station. 10 min walk from/to the start/finish line.

            Golden Lion Hotel $104
            Reviewed on Apr 13, 2019
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            Golden Lion Hotel

            Golden Lion Hotel

            8-10 King St , Stirling, Scotland
               
              3.7 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Had a great weekend break here . Hotel, food and staff all first class . Would def recommend

              Holiday Inn Express Stirling $88
              Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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              Holiday Inn Express Stirling

              Holiday Inn Express Stirling

              Springkerse Business Park, Stirling, Scotland
                 
                4.3 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Very friendly and nice. I forgot a razor and the front desk was more than willing to accommodate :)

                Allan Park Hotel $86
                Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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                Allan Park Hotel

                Allan Park Hotel

                20 Allan Park, Stirling, Scotland
                   
                  4.8 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  The hotel, bar and restaurant were beautifully decorated, the staff were very pleasant and helpful. The room was large and the beds were cozy. The restaurant food was delicious and they had plenty of gluten-free choices (thank you Allan Park). There was even parking in the back.