Witches Craig Caravan and Camping Park is situated three miles from the historic City of Stirling. Stirling Castle has guarded the River Forth for over a thousand years, with a well-known saying “he who hold Stirling, holds Scotland”. Today the Castle is one of Scotland’s most popular attractions and well worth a visit.
Stirling Castle it at the top of the Stirling’s historic Old Town. As you walk down from the castle, you’ll discover the Church of the Holy Rude. Apart from Westminster Abbey in London, this is the only working church in the UK to have hosted a coronation, when James VI was crowned there in 1567. Broad Street was once the medieval heart of Stirling and today is dominated by the town’s old courthouse and jail, the “Tolbooth”, which was converted into a theatre a number of years ago.
You’ll learn a great deal about the story of Stirling with a visit to the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, which has a permanent exhibition to the City’s past.
Over the Forth is a fifteenth century pedestrian bridge which is still well used today. The Battle of Stirling Bridge was fought between William Wallace and the English Army in 1297 on and near to a wooden bridge immediately next to the current one. Wallace is hugely well regarded in Scottish culture and his story, and the story of the battle, is well told at the National Wallace Monument on the Abbey Craig overlooking the Bridge.
One of Stirling’s underappreciated treasures is Cambuskenneth Abbey. Founded in the 10th century and protected by royalty until it closed during the reformation, today you can visit the 15th century bell tower that still survives, and see the grave of King James V of Scotland who is buried in the grounds.
James V was a decedent of Robert the Bruce, who became King of Scotland at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The battlefield is five miles from the campsite and its cutting edge 3D recreation of the battle is a highlight for tech savvy visitors on their visit to the area.
Just over the hills behind Witches Craig is Sherriffmuir, scene of a battle between the Jacobites and British government forces in 1715. Today the battlefield is marked by a memorial and is the highlight of a walk into the hills from our park.
One of Scotland’s newest iconic statues is just a twenty minute drive from Witches Craig at the Helix Park in Falkirk. Standing over the entrance to the Forth and Clyde Canal are two giant horses heads known as the “Kelpies”. A few miles from the Kelpies you’ll find the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat life which transfers canal boats 24m from the Forth and Clyde canal into the Union canal.