The good thing about traveling alone is that you have a lot of time to read and, since I love history, I got to soak some up on my way to Edinburgh, especially stories about the battles of William Wallace (widely considered as a national hero ), the never-ending rivalry between Scotland and England, and the experiences of Queen Mary Stuart. And, in this sense, Stirling Castle is the perfect place to delve into Scottish history. I highly encourage you to visit. The views are beautiful thanks to its location on the top of a hill. The visit to the castle lacks no detail, and they show you exactly how they lived in this fortress (I especially loved the Royal Kitchens, and the feeling of being among all the preparations for a royal banquet).