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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

The Stirling Highland Hotel

29 Spittal Street, Stirling
4.1
of 5, from 524 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Stirling, this spa hotel is steps from Old Town Jail and Tolbooth. Mar's Walk and Church of the Holy Rude are also within 5 minutes.

$79
Hotel Colessio

Hotel Colessio

33 Spittal Street, Stirling
4.2
of 5, from 179 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Stirling, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tolbooth and Old Town Jail. Mar's Walk and Church of the Holy Rude are also within 10 minutes.

$40
SYHA Stirling - Hostel

SYHA Stirling - Hostel

St John Street, Stirling
4.5
of 5, from 4 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Stirling, this eco-friendly hostel is steps from Old Town Jail, Tolbooth, and Mar's Walk. Church of the Holy Rude and Argyll's Lodging are also within 5 minutes.

$90
Victoria Square Guest House

Victoria Square Guest House

12 Victoria Square, Stirling
4.9
of 5, from 49 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Stirling, this luxury guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Art Gallery and Museum, John Cowane's Hospital, and Old Town Jail. Argyll's Lodging and Tolbooth are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Munro Guest House

Munro Guest House

14 Princes St, Stirling
4.8
of 5, from 9 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Stirling, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Tolbooth, Old Town Jail, and Argyll's Lodging. Mar's Walk and Church of the Holy Rude are also within 15 minutes.

$55
Lost Guest House - Stirling

Lost Guest House - Stirling

4 Melville Terrace, Stirling
3.9
of 5, from 9 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Stirling, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Tolbooth, and Old Town Jail. Church of the Holy Rude and John Cowane's Hospital are also within 15 minutes.

$88
Friars Wynd Hotel

Friars Wynd Hotel

17 Friars Street, Stirling
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Stirling, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tolbooth, Old Town Jail, and Mar's Walk. Church of the Holy Rude and Argyll's Lodging are also within 10 minutes.

$45
Willy Wallace Hostel

Willy Wallace Hostel

77 Murray Pl, Stirling
4.0
of 5, from 8 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Stirling, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Tolbooth and Old Town Jail. Mar's Walk and Church of the Holy Rude are also within 15 minutes.