Stirling's setting in the heart of Scotland's central belt means that many trains pass through the station on their way across the country. You'll find that trips to other cities in the central belt are short and convenient, whilst longer trips to the Highlands are also achievable.
Take the 30-minute train ride to Perth and you are in for a treat. Known as the Fair City, Perth is surrounded by scenic countryside and its compact cobbled streets are great for exploring. Make sure to visit Perth Museum & Art Gallery, the main exhibition space in the city - here you'll find a range of inspiring collections as well as touring exhibitions, talks and events. Perth Theatre is the place to go for evening entertainment, steeped in history, it is one of Scotland's oldest and best-loved theatres.
Perhaps you fancy a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland's historic capital. Whichever time of year you travel there is something going on in this diverse city. From summer festivals to winter markets, you'll find something to keep you entertained. The train journey takes approximately 40 minutes from Stirling and highlights include Edinburgh Castle, The National Museum of Scotland and Arthur's Seat.
Glasgow is also within easy reach of Stirling, and the perfect place to soak up some modern Scottish culture. A vibrant city with a celebrated music scene, Glasgow hosts an average 130 music events each week, more than any other Scottish city. It's no wonder the city was named a UNESCO city of music in 2008. Have fun at a local gig!
It's not only city day trips that you might want to do by train. What about visiting one of the finest resort destinations in Scotland: Gleneagles. Only half an hour away from Stirling on the train, Gleneagles is famous for championship golf courses and a world class luxury hotel. Stop for lunch at one of the hotel's restaurants - or even a spot of afternoon tea.