The ancient King’s Park was, as its name suggests, founded as a royal pleasure ground in the 12thcentury, when it was used for aristocratic pursuits such as jousting and hunting. Today, everyone can enjoy the park, and it is one of Stirling’s best-used recreational areas. Many activities take place there, including swings, trampolines, a tennis court, a wheelie park for bikes and skateboarding, and outdoor gym equipment. On the far side of Stirling Golf Club, just off Dumbarton Road, is the King’s Knot – a large sculpted earthwork which was once part of Stirling Castle’s formal gardens. Remodelled over the centuries, the King’s Knot rises to 3 metres at its highest point, and as well as making for a pleasant walk it also affords a striking view of the castle itself.