A Guide To Visiting Stirling
Visiting Stirling is easy and very worthwhile. Stirling is handily located approximately 40 minutes’ drive from both Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports. You can also reach Stirling very easily by road, rail or bike.
The population of Stirling is roughly 92,000.
There are few places so small yet steeped in so much history. It is a well-rounded city with much to offer in terms of historic attractions and breath-taking scenery. If that’s not enough, there’s plenty of retail therapy and restaurants to choose from.
The main advantage of Stirling being of a compact size is that much of it is easy to access by foot. Having said this, the city is well connected by public transport as bus, rail and taxi services, as well as cycle paths are all available.
There are many must-see attractions in Stirling, such as the Wallace Monument, a tower built to commemorate William Wallace, a 13th century Scottish hero, who the 1995 film, Braveheart was based upon.
There is also Stirling Castle, which gives stunning views over the city.
Also not to be missed is the Battle of Bannockburn Experience, just outside the city, where Robert the Bruce battled to defend Scotland against the English.
Hotels in Stirling
Stirling is well served by its variety of hotels. We recommend that you give consideration to the following two very popular choices based on independent traveller reviews.
Stirling Highland Hotel
This 4-star hotel features free Wi-Fi, a popular bar and restaurant, a heated indoor swimming pool, a sauna, jacuzzi and even a Turkish steam bath.
Guests are consistently delighted with the facilities available at the Stirling Highland Hotel, but the most popular feature is its location.
The Stirling Highland Hotel is within walking distance of Stirling Castle, and guests can explore much of what Stirling has to offer on foot.
The hotel has a 24 hour reception desk.
Stirling Travelodge offers great value accommodation right in the heart of the city. It is definitely the most convenient hotel to stay in if you are arriving by train, with the station being a stone’s throw away.
Guests receive 30 minutes of free WiFi, and the double rooms have king sized beds and USB charging points.
Rooms are clean and comfortable, and the hotel has a cosy restaurant and bar.
This hotel has limited free car parking, available on a first come first served basis. Charged parking is available next door, but it is not expensive with 24 hours costing just £2.50.
Things to do in Stirling
Stirling has many points of interest.
Like any Scottish city worth its salt, the eateries of Stirling do not disappoint. Get cosied in to one of Stirling’s many restaurants, pubs or cafes to enjoy local produce and a friendly atmosphere.
Don’t miss out on the city’s farmers markets where you can sample local fare and even chat to the producers. Well worth a visit.
Stirling offers a good selection of shops and a number of independent boutiques can be found in the picturesque Old Town and the Victorian Stirling Arcade. If you’re after more familiar retailers, don’t miss a visit to Stirling’s shopping centre, The Thistles.
This shopping centre has rather a unique past as it was built around the Thieves Pot, a 16th century jail!
Some of the main points of interest in Stirling are described below.
Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland’s rich history.
During the Wars of Independence, the castle changed ownership 8 times in just 50 years. Its location made it the key to the Kingdom of Scotland, being situated high on a rock with commanding views, right where the lowlands met the highlands.
Visit the Great Hall, The Royal Palace, The Royal Chapel, Argyll’s Lodgings, The Queen Anne Gardens, The Tapestries, The Gallery and more at one of Scotland’s best tourist attractions.
The Stirling Tolbooth
The Stirling Tolbooth is the city’s main venue for live music, theatre and comedy. Performances of all varieties are shown throughout the year.
Check this out for a list of upcoming events.
Things to do With the Kids in Stirling
You’ll find plenty of child-related activities to do with the kids in and around Stirling, from safari parks to soft plays to bowling allies.
We have partnered with specialist website Picniq to help inform your stay.
Such is the beauty of Stirling’s location that many people who stay here choose to visit the stunning Loch Lomond, which is just 40 miles away.
Day trips to Stirling castle are also available from Glasgow and Edinburgh.