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Stirling Castle is a Five Star Attraction

6 April 2009

Stirling Castle has yet again been ranked as one of the country’s best visitor attractions.

VisitScotland has renewed the castle’s coveted five-star status, marking it out as somewhere visitors can be confident of a warm welcome, excellent facilities and an super day out.

The assessments are made by mystery inspectors who turn up at attractions unannounced and only reveal their identity at the end.

The inspector’s report particularly praised the castle staff.

Gillian MacDonald, Stirling Castle visitor services and business development manager, said: “I am delighted that we have once again been awarded five star status, marking the castle out as one of Scotland’s top attractions.

“It is particularly pleasing that the efforts of our staff were so highly praised.

“They work very hard to make sure that visitors feel welcome at all times and do their very best to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable visit.

The inspector gave the castle 324 points out of a possible 360 (or 90%) and said that it was very well presented for the public.


  • Stirling Castle is at the head of the historic Old Town. Tickets are £9 for adults, £7 for concessions and £4.50 for children. Prices include a tour of Argyll’s Lodging. Telephone 01786 450000.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information


Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871
rebecca.hamilton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk