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The Stirling Highland Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The beds were massive, the building was beautiful! The side of the building with rooms was a little dated and could do with some updating. The hotel room was roasting with tiny windows. Was very quiet and an amazing central location near the castle! Didn’t bother with breakfast as it was overpriced, there’s a spoons down the road!

I booked a room for a couple of nights and found the staff and accommodation of excellent standard, I chose the hotel because of its proximity to the castle, i traved by train from Edinburgh and only a short walk uphill to the hotel but taxis were available. I will certainly visit again.

Just returned from a lovely 2 night stay and have to say we will certainly return. The hotel is a stones throw from the town centre with plenty to do. The rooms are very well laid out and spacious with a big bed which was very comfortable. Rooms were clean and welcoming. The spa facilities and gym were also very good and the food was well presented and tasty. The service was excellent and the staff really friendly and helpful. A lovely hotel.

We booked the hotel for 2 nights from 11 April 2018. We chose the hotel because of its location near to the castle, plenty of free parking and generally good reviews. [Remember to book you car in at reception to avoid charges - although there are plenty of notices] The good stuff first. The hotel is minutes from the Castle and City centre (Stirling isn't big so, for any city centre hotel, you are not far from anything). The hotel was originally the city High School and its appearance is fantastic. You could almost imagine the headmaster calling out down the corridors "MacDonald! Cut along to the bursars office!!". It felt historic and although there were some plaques and pictures on the wall, a few more historic insights around the hotel would have been welcome to us. The restaurant appears to be the old dining room. It is in three separate salons with the bar at the entrance. Dinner was included in the first night and was OK for hotel food. Portions were sizeable and service was good. We were emailed to suggest that we book as the restaurant gets busy. We did book but the restaurant was quiet and lacked a little bit of atmosphere that night. Breakfast is a buffet and the food was good with nothing missing. Bar service was a wee bit slow and we saw a gent waiting a while whilst the only waiter prepared drinks for a large group. Reception staff were pleasant. We arrived early and were allowed to partially check in and drop our bags until the room was ready which was a nice touch. Now the not so good. Before I go on, I advised the reception of our concerns and a mutually agreeable solution was found with no quibbles. No humming or ahhing! Following and email, we upgraded to a deluxe room with bath robes, slippers, wine, water (still and fizzy), newspaper and late checkout. All the amenities were available and used and, the wine and water were replenished on the second night. Our concerns were with the room itself. Described as De-Luxe we felt it fell short of this description. The bed was comfortable and the room clean but the decor was in need of a re-vamp and the windows in particular (well in this room for certain) were crying out for replacements. Poorly fitting wooden windows meant we could hear street noise and, as it was windy and high up, there was wind noise as it passed through the gaps. Thankfully the first morning was the worst for noise outside and also the wind subsided. Whilst the hotel can do nothing about external noise, better quality windows are needed. At first, because the hotel is old and listed, we thought there were restrictions on upgrading windows but observation showed that new, double glazed windows have been installed in the stair wells. All facing onto the street like our room so no restrictions to upgrades. We specifically as for a quiet room and we did complain about street noise on the first morning. I asked why we hadn't been given a quiet room facing into the courtyard/ car park rather than the street but the reception said that our room was regarded as a quiet room. At check out, when asked how our stay had been, the receptionist acknowledged our complaint about noise from the street and my concerns about the decor and a resolution was found. The receptionist also took a note of our concerns and advised that the hotel's manager reviewed all comments and complaints and actively prepared an action plan to resolve. Whilst the windows won't be replaced in a few days, I hope that they are attended to in time. To summarise. Setting aside the issues with the room, we had a pleasant stay and whilst we have no plans to return, should we decide to do so I would stay here again. Overall a pleasant stay with good value for money from our point of view.

Popped in for lunch and we were pleasantly surprised. We both had the steak pie , one with chips and one with mash. Waiting staff we most pleasant and attentive but the kitchen was a bit slow. Had to wait 30 mins for meal. Which turned out to be well worth the wait. Loads of steak. Would recommend a visit and will eat there again when we're in the area.

Fantastic stay with 2 adults and 3 teens as a special birthdays celebration. Informed the hotel of this and there was complimentary wine left for the adult, and a card and chocolate for the 16 year old. Such a lovely thoughtful welcoming touch. Arrived early leaving but allowed to check in and use all the facilities. Its such a beautiful old building, with lovely decoration to suit it. A few mins walk from central Stirling with the Thistle shopping centre and a few lovely wee local pubs. Castle also only a few mins walk with lovely views over the countryside. Had adjoining rooms, 1 double and one triple. Great to be so close to the kids. Both rooms beautifully decorated, clean, well kept and comfortable (beds, heating etc). Had several drinks in the bar including cocktails and mocktails with no alcohol for the kids. All lovely and reasonably priced. An old fashioned bar, it was relaxing and cosy to sit in and watch the rugby. Dinner was great and we could chose and mix from the bar menu, the restaurant menu and the kids menu which gave everyone plenty of choice. All the meals were delicious and beautify served. The full Scottish breakfast was great too. After check out we could still use the facilities so went for another swim/sauna/steam room. Changing rooms warm and clean with towels provided. Shallow end suited younger children and there were toys and floats for them to play with, as well as poolside loungers for the adults. Had afternoon tea after swim and it was lovely. Think hotel does special deal on spa day with afternoon tea as lots of people were enjoying it. The staff in all areas were great. welcoming, friendly and appeared to have a genuine interest in your enjoyment of the hotel and obviously had gone out of their way to put the special touches in our room. Will definitely go back and would recommend for all ages from couples, family groups to young children.

This was our first trip to Scotland and stayed at the Stirling Highland with some friends. The hotel is an old school which has been changed into a hotel. It has a warm and relaxed atmosphere, all the staff we saw were friendly and helpful. The room we stayed in was a nice sized double, with a decent sized bathroom, the room looked out across the city which gave a pleasant view in the morning. We used the gym and pool in the morning, the gym was well equipped and the pool nice and warm. Changing rooms were next door and complementary towels available. Breakfast was a buffet style with a full compliment of fruit, breads and cooked food. Great hotel for anyone wanting to visit Stirling or the surrounding area.

Young friendly staff, made to feel welcome - dog also no problem at all - lovely courtyard entrance (originally the Stirling Old High School) with parking - easy attentive check-in. Dog allowed in bar and library - so convenient for drinks/meals/breakfast. Bar and restaurant staff very friendly and helpful.

I was given an overnight stay at the Stirling Highland hotel as a Christmas present and only got the chance to use it last weekend. It was easy to check in and the room was spacious and clean. The only downside is the hill up to this hotel is very steep.

Stayed here for 1 night and no complaints at all. From the welcome at reception when we checked in to the service in the restaurant. Our room was very comfy. Glad to see we had mugs instead of wee cups for my cuppa. My husband is Coeliac and i'd phoned the week before to let them know. When we got to the restaurant and seated the server was fully aware of him being Coeliac & was very well informed about what he could eat from the menu & the chef was willing to adapt some of the sauces if he wanted one of them. It was a beautiful meal with terrific/cheerful service. The same service at breakfast. As soon as were seated hubby was offered gluten free bread, toasted in a seperate toaster. Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to use the leisure facilities (no time). Will certainly stay here again if going back to Stirling.

29 Spittal Street Stirling Scotland

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

The Stirling Highland Hotel places you next to Old Town Jail and Tolbooth. This 4-star hotel has 96 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. It's in central Stirling and also a short walk from Mar's Walk and Church of the Holy Rude.


This hotel serves as home to a bar, along with a restaurant that specializes in international cuisine. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.


All 96 rooms feature coffee makers, safes, and ironing boards. Guests can expect free WiFi and satellite TV. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. In-room massages are available, and rooms also include desks.

Property features

At The Stirling Highland Hotel, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a health club. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this spa hotel include a spa tub, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

69.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2180 reviews