Statue of King James V on the Royal Palace, Stirling Castle, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Statue of King James V of Scotland on the outside of the Royal Palace, in Stirling Castle, United Kingdom, Europe. Historically, Stirling controlled a strategic position (until the 1890s) as the lowest bridging point of the River Forth before it broadens towards the Firth of Forth, making it the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. One of the principal royal strongholds of the Kingdom of Scotland, Stirling was created a royal burgh by King David I in 1130. Most of the stronghold's main buildings date from the 1400s and 1500s, when it peaked in importance. Before the union with England, Stirling Castle was also one of the most used of the many Scottish royal residences, serving as both a palace and a fortress. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots in 1542, and others were born or died there. Stirling Castle has suffered at least eight sieges, including several during the Wars of Scottish Independence.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download