Stirling has a reliable bus service which will take you around the Stirling area, as well as further afield to Scotland's other incredible cities. You won't have to travel too far to find things to see and do, including some fantastic hidden gems. Why not take the short bus ride south to Falkirk and see an engineering marvel? The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Built with over 1,200 tonnes of steel, the wheel is a great day out for the family and great to combine with the magnificent Kelpies by Andy Scott, which are five miles (8 km) away.
Hop on a bus in the opposite direction to visit the pretty town of Callander, on the edge of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. This journey will take you around 40 minutes and once there you'll find yourself in the heart of Rob Roy country. A haven for walking, fishing and cycling, it's also a great place to simply stop for a picnic and take in the amazing views.
The village of Dollar is another charming place to explore on a day out from Stirling. Around 40 minutes west of the city by bus, the village is probably best known for Dollar Academy, one of Scotland's top independent schools. Take an hour or two to explore Dollar Museum which has exhibitions illustrating the history of the village, ranging from prehistoric times to the present day.
Fans of Outlander will find brilliant tours around Stirling, as there are many locations that were used in filming the show. Join an Outlander bus tour and see Doune Castle, Culross, Aberdour Castle and Linlithgow Palace. All of these locations are within 30 miles (50km) of the city. If you are looking for more information on Outlander hotspots, check out our 12 Day Outlander Itinerary.