The Ridge is the elegant and very spacious lower section of a fine old turreted Scottish Baronial mansion situated in a quiet road on the shoulder of the hill on which stands historic Stirling Castle.
Here, you are right at the centre of things, in the centre of Scotland and much of the best that it has to offer. Locally, it is just a short walk uphill to the castle itself and just a short walk downhill to the centre of town, with excellent shops, eating places and leisure facilities.
Lovingly renovated and refurbished by its owners for their own use, The Ridge will accommodate up to four people in considerable comfort. It has a large entrance hall, and a spacious living room with electric stove, piano and large bay window. The modern kitchen has all facilities and there are two bedrooms, a king size and another king which divides to make a twin, with a fine view of the National Wallace Monument on the hill across the valley, and a corner bathroom with shower. There is also free off-road parking to the rear of the house.
Stirling really is a great base for a holiday, and the Ridge would also serve very well as a base, should your work bring you here or should you attend one of the Open University courses at the nearby University of Stirling. It goes without saying that it has excellent transport connections in every direction, with both Edinburgh and Glasgow being accessible in well under an hour by road or rail.
In the town itself the castle is magnificent and certainly worth a visit, and it hosts regular events such as medieval days with falconry displays, historical re-enactments and the like. The Royal Palace at the Castle has recently undergone refurbishment and boasts the famous Stirling Heads. The Wallace Monument commemorates Scotland's great patriot and affords panoramic views of central Scotland, and the famous battlefield of Bannockburn, synonymous with Robert The Bruce, is also just outside the town.
And there is plenty to do and see in the surrounding area too – perhaps you could 'cadge a lift' in the nearby Falkirk Wheel, have a family day out at the Safari centre at Blair Drummond, visit historic Doune Castle, walk in the Fintry Hills or the Campsie Fells, or head across to Callander and the beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
To the north east, you can be in Perth in 40 minutes, and continue from there to the Highlands, or go east to Fife and St Andrews. All easily do-able in a day trip.
Bed linen, towels, gas CH and electricity are all included in the rental. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted in the house. Wi-Fi is available, subject to provider.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting/dining room with electric stove, piano and TV/DVD
- Kitchen with gas cooker, washing machine, microwave etc
- Double bedroom (king size - converts to twin)
- Double bedroom
- Bathroom with bath/shower, Wc and wash basin