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Stirling: Gin Distillery Tour with Tasting

1. Stirling: Gin Distillery Tour with Tasting

Join a guided tour of Stirling Distillery, home to Stirling Gin, and discover the history of the trendy spirit and the scientific process behind distilling gin. Learn how to make a perfectly crafted Gin & Tonic for you to then taste the iconic drink.  On arrival, you will be served a bespoke welcome cocktail. Start the guided tour with learning from your passionate guide about the history of gin, from its medical uses to today's Scottish gin craze. Walk through the still room to see the copper Portuguese stills as your guide explains the science behind gin distilling. Your guide will then continue the tour by showing you how the bottling, waxing and labelling system works. Once the tour has come to an end you will be shown to the unique tasting tables where you will learn how to create the perfect Gin and Tonic. If option selected, you will also be given two stunning gin liqueurs (Raspberry gin liqueur and Bramble & Mint gin liqueur) and a Battle Strength Gin accompanied by a selection of hand-crafted chocolates especially made to suit the gin. You will then have the opportunity to sit, chat and enjoy your selection of drinks.

Stirling: Guided Walking Tour

2. Stirling: Guided Walking Tour

In this 1.5 hour tour, explore the old town of the city with a friendly, fun local guide. Hear tales of the kings and queens who played an important role in Stirling's history as well as how life in the city has developed today. Starting at the VisitScotland iCentre by the Old Town Jail and finishing at Stirling Castle, you'll get a full overview of Stirling's history and modern culture on a family-friendly, leisurely stroll. Explore the star pyramid, dedicated to all who have martyred themselves for civil and religious liberty in Scotland. Pass by the macabre Grave Robber Stones, and learn the long-spanning history of the 14th-century Church of the Holy Rude. On the way, you'll take some time to take in the real flavor of Scotland with a local drink tasting. All the while, pick up local tips and insights for the rest of your time in Stirling.

Stirling Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour in Spanish

3. Stirling Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour in Spanish

Skip the lines to enter Scotland’s second-most-popular tourist attraction as you learn about the bloody history including stories of the kings, queens, and ghost of this castle. Your tour will begin on the esplanade of the castle as you hear your guide talking about the origins of the castle and its sieges. Stirling grew in relation to Scottish history, as did the castle. This castle however suffered numerous sieges, which is the reason why this stronghold became a stage for crucial moments for Scotland. It was key in the Scottish Wars of Independence of the 14th century, where heroes like William Wallace and Robert the Bruce took part. It served as a royal residence for centuries, and was the favorite for many kings. Your guide will take you inside the castle to visit the royal palace, where kings and queens once lived. This building was the first renaissance palace in Britain, and you will explore the Great Hall where feasts were held to celebrated the baptism of the future king of Scotland. In the 16th century, John Damian was the bird-man of Stirling castle. He wanted to fly to France, but a couple of minor inconveniences deterred him from getting too far. Today, this fortress is full of history, legends, and maybe even some ghosts. In addition, the English chronicler William of Worcester identified Stirling Castle as the home of the Knights of the Round Table of King Arthur.

Stirling: Historical Walking Tour in Spanish

4. Stirling: Historical Walking Tour in Spanish

Experience Stirling's medieval wall on this day tour. Scotland has had 11 fortified cities in its history, one of which was Stirling. You’ll walk along majestic streets, such as King Street, where you’ll talk about famous poets as well as the city's most relevant buildings. You'll also go up to the highest part of the city, where the old medieval market was located as well as the place where public executions were held. In the 19th century, Stirling owned the worst jail in all of Great Britain. It was a wet and nasty place that was crammed with prisoners consisting of men, women, and children. They ranged in age from minor offenders to adults, and included murderers as well as people awaiting their trial and debtors. On the other hand, the church of Holy Rude in Stirling hosted King James VI's coronation, who was the son of Mary Stuart. This church alongside Westminster Abbey is the only church still in use to have seen such events in Great Britain. Your local guide will take you through the streets of this wonderful town, where you will encounter King Street, the medieval wall, Mercat Cross, the Old Jail, the Tollbooth, the John Cowane Hospital, the Old Cemetery, Pyramid Star, and the Holy Rude Church, among others.

Stirling: Old Town Walking Tour with Gin Tasting

5. Stirling: Old Town Walking Tour with Gin Tasting

Enjoy an exciting way to explore Stirling with a wee guided walk followed by a premium gin tasting with your local guide in Stirling Distillery, Stirling's only distillery. Please note: you can also choose a Scottish whisky flight if you'd prefer! You'll spend the first part of the tour on a walking tour with your small group and guide, discovering the history and culture of Stirling. Walk in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce whilst you hear the tales of battles, kings and queens who shaped Stirling, and Scotland into the place it is today. Learn about executions, marketplaces and grave robbers as well as modern life in this bustling city. After the walking tour, relax with the guide and enjoy a bespoke gin tasting in Stirling Distillery, a family-owned distillery with hand-crafted gin (the nettles in the gin come from their summer foraging expeditions!). Enjoy 3 gins in a flight, including their classic G&T, a pink gin, and a premium gin liqueur. There is also the option to choose a whisky flight of three full drams of Scottish whiskies instead of the gin, you can let the guide know on the day. Everything is included in the price, just show up and enjoy!

Stirling: Private Old Town & Castle Tour

6. Stirling: Private Old Town & Castle Tour

Join us for a completely unique Stirling private experience; immerse yourself in the old town of Stirling and Stirling Castle on this 3 hour tour with a local, expert guide. If you're looking to maximise your time in Stirling by discovering the town and castle, you're in the right place. You'll spend the first 90 minutes walking through Stirling's old town with your guide. Walk in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce whilst you hear the tales of battles, kings and queens who shaped Stirling, and Scotland into the place it is today. Learn about executions, marketplaces and grave robbers as well as modern life in this bustling city. After the walk, enjoy discovering Stirling Castle with your local guide. Highlights in Stirling Castle include the Great Hall, the Royal Apartments and Stirling Heads. Your tickets are included in the price, just show up and enjoy!

Private Stirling Dark Side Tour

7. Private Stirling Dark Side Tour

Jails, graveyards, and one of the most important castles in Scotland - Stirling has it all. But on this walking tour, there are no rose-tinted glasses or stories of Robert the Bruce. Discover Stirling's darker history, walking through Stirling's graveyard and spooky streets with your local guide uncovering Stirling's dark history. From unsolved murders, to grave-robbers and ghosts, immerse yourself in the creepy history of Stirling, Scotland's city with a long, dark history. See some of the stories you will discover below. Tour highlights: The witch trials of Stirling The plague and death Holy Rude cemetery The grave robbers of Stirling …& much more! Price: £75 for a group of up to 6 then just £10pp!

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4.5 / 5

based on 4 reviews

The gin experience was great fun, well organised and very informative. Lovely friendly staff. Good value for money. Nice little retail area where there are a selection of the guns tasted on sale. A really fantastic selection of guns in the tasting.

Welcoming and well informed staff on hand to explain all about Stirling Gin. The tour and tasting was at a leisurely pace - a very good experience

Wonderful experience, good knowledge of the product history. Presenters delivery was very good. I would recommend a visit.

We had so much fun with guide tour Beth, she is so friendly and knowledgeable and answered all of our annoying questions

This gin tasting tour was amazing would definitely recommend