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Argyll's Lodging


Argyll's Lodging is a 17th-century town-house in the Renaissance style, situated below Stirling Castle in Stirling, Scotland. It was a residence of the Earl of Stirling and later the Earls of Argyll. The Royal Commission regards it as “the most important surviving town-house of its period in Scotland”. At the end of the 20th century it became a museum.HistoryTraill and ErskineIt is uncertain who built the first house that developed into the house eventually known as Argyll's Lodging, located in Castle Wynd on the uphill approach to Stirling Castle. It is assumed that the house was built originally by the wealthy merchant John Traill and comprised two storeys with a hall on the first floor and a kitchen on the ground floor. In 1559 Traill sold it to Adam Erskine, the Commendator (lay administrator) of nearby Cambuskenneth Abbey. Erskine converted the dwelling into an L-shaped tower house comprising four floors with a small south wing and west wing, the latter containing the kitchen. In 1604 Erskine sold the house to a relative.Sir William AlexanderIn 1629 Sir William Alexander, whose family was related to the Campbells of Argyll, bought the house from the Erskines. The house adjoined property of the Campbells who had owned several houses in Stirling since the fourteenth century. Around 1600 their residence stood on the corner of Broad Street and Castle Wynd. Sir William was able to buy the Erskines’ home because he was related to the family, his wife being Janet Erskine.

Address: Argylls Lodging Castle Wynd , Stirling FK8 1EG, STG, GB
Phone: 01786 431319
State: STG
City: Stirling
Zip Code: FK8 1EG

As you can get free entry as part of your entry to Stirling Castle this is a great place to visit and soak up some of the old history that is part of this building. You can visit the old kitchens and marvel at the space they had to cook and the fact that they were able to feed so many with so little. You can view the headquarters, the rooms and get a feeling for how they must have lived and what it must have been living in those days. Definitely worth a visit
I was pretty underwhelmed. There is nothing very unique to see. Admission is included with your ticket to Stirling Castle and it's a good thing because I can't imagine there being any other reason people would visit. I would not go back simply because there is nothing interesting to see. The staff were very nice though and even pointed out the beaver above the front door after I told them I am Canadian.
Had a lovely tour guide explain the house and it's history. It has some great features and the restorations are amazing. Not sure it would have been as good without the enthusiasm of our guide, she was very knowledgeable and really interested in history. I can imagine that we might have been underwhelmed if we just wandered about so I highly recommend taking one of the free tours.
We had left Sterling Castle and stopped for lunch at the Portcullis when we were stopped on our way down the hill and told about this place. This house has a really rich and interesting history, the guys working there were all really knowledgeable and super nice. This is a must add to your itinerary if you're visiting Sterling.
A 17th century townhouse right next door to Stirling Castle. Like the castle itself, some of the restoration efforts actually undermine the experience by replacing one's imagination of what may have been with a mediocre reproduction. If you're going to Stirling Castle, it's worth taking a 15 minute walkthrough as others have stated, admission is included with the castle. That said, if you're short on time, I'd prioritized the graveyard at the Church of the Holy Rude instead across the street.
The toilet is even the same it used to be! Brilliant renovation. My friend told me he slept there once as a backpacker as it was a backpackers hostel. And he told me what has changed and what stayed the same. And all the stories. So interesting.
It's closed at the moment but when it's available to be seen it's an excellent place to visit. I would encourage you to go when it eventually reopens. Well worth the visit.
If you are visiting Stirling Castle you get in for free, you would be daft to turn down the opportunity. It's a lovely building and certainly worth a walk around.
Closed for maintenance. Not mentioned when it will reopen.
Nice place. We got in for free with the Stirling Castle ticket. Really like It and glad that we didn't miss it.
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