A wee city with a big history, Stirling punches well above its weight for historic attractions and spectacular scenery, not to mention shopping, places to eat and exciting events.
Travel To and Around Stirling
Getting to Stirling
Bus and coach
There is an hourly non-stop coach service from Glasgow and Edinburgh, taking 40 minutes and 1 hour respectively, as well as regular bus services to St Andrews and Perth.
Find out more about schedules and timetables at Traveline Scotland
Stirling's railway station is located just two minutes from the city centre. By train, Stirling is about 35 minutes from Glasgow (Queen Street Station) and 50 minutes Edinburgh (Haymarket and Waverley stations) with three direct services an hour from Glasgow and two from Edinburgh. You can also find direct services to London, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness.
For timetables, visit Traveline Scotland
Stirling is a very central and accessible city, with many major roads connecting the city with nearby towns, villages and other major cities across Scotland.
There are various vehicle hire companies across Scotland where you can hire a car, van or motorhome to continue your travels around Scotland.
If you're flying to Scotland, the closest airports to Stirling are Edinburgh, Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick, all of which have car hire or taxi service options for travelling into the city.
Getting around Stirling
The city centre is compact and easy to navigate on foot, and the whole area is well connected by bus, rail and taxi services, as well as miles of cycle paths.
Plan your travel around Stirling
Located at the railway station, the Stirling Cycle Hub is dedicated to helping you explore on two-wheels and a great place for advice. You can also register to use nextbikes, with hubs across the city.
Bus and coach
While exploring the city make sure you use the hop-on hop-off bus, connecting all of the cities must-see attractions.
Accommodation in Stirling
Find a place to stay
From luxury hotels and cosy B&Bs, to budget friendly hostels and rural retreats, there are plenty of accommodation options for your holiday in Stirling.
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Help and advice
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Food & Drink
Places to Eat
Tuck into delicious dishes and a range of local produce at cafes, bar and restaurants across Stirling.
Map of Stirling
Ideas for things to do in Stirling
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Day trips and day tours from Stirling
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Shopping in Stirling
Indulge in a spot of retail therapy with high street brands as well as local shops.
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Routes, Trails & Tours
Sometimes the best way to explore Scotland's towns and cities is on two feet or two wheels. There are even itineraries and guided tours to follow along if you're not sure where to start.
What's New & Events
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