Stirling lies on the River Forth and is generally regarded as the most historic city in Scotland. It was the home of Mary, Queen of Scots and was, at one time, the capital of Scotland. It is primarily a market town as a result of the very productive farmland in the surrounding areas and is also known as the gateway to the Highlands due to its strategic location. If you are planning a Stirling day out, you may wish to travel through the Glasgow airport and secure your Stirling coach hire vehicle from there. With so many historical landmarks to visit, it is impossible to see them all. One that should be on your must see list would be Stirling Castle in what is known as Old Town. This castle may very well be the best preserved castle in Scotland. As you tour the structure, pay special attention to the Great Hall as well as the Palace and Royal Chapel. During the summer months you will find that there are large crowds of tourists visiting this spot so you may want to come earlier in the morning to beat the crowds. The Wallace Monument at Abbey Craig is another well-preserved landmark that was erected in honour of William Wallace who led the Scots to victory against the English in the Battle of Stirling. If you have the stamina, it is worth the climb to the top of the monument to get a great view of the city of Stirling from this historic perch. Cambuskenneth Abbey, The Stirling Old Bridge and The Church of the Holy Rude are all well worth the time and effort required to visit and learn more about the history of Scotland.