Hailed the ‘Gateway to the Highlands', Stirling is a city steeped in history, with an estimated population of 90,000. Boasting quaint cobbled streets and an abundance of medieval and renaissance buildings that have been preserved to an exceptionally high standard, the city has a sea of attractions, from theatres and cinemas, to art galleries and museums. Some two million visitors flock to Stirling each year, largely owing to its close proximity to Scotland’s other major cities, nearby Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, which spans a large part of the county of Stirlingshire. Its closeness to a number of major historical sights also helps to bring people to Stirling.
A hatchback is the most sensible option for driving around Stirling and the wider county of Stirlingshire, as it’s likely to be equally adept on urban and rural routes.
Driving in Stirling
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Important things to note
Stirling has four free car parks in and around the centre along with a number of reasonably priced car parks, meaning that finding a space shouldn’t pose too much of a problem.
One of Scotland’s major highways, the M9, is within a short distance of Stirling, meaning that the city within easy reach of both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Travel times to Glasgow and Edinburgh can vary depending on traffic. In rush hours, it can take up to an hour to get to either city.
Highlights & Hotspots
For a fun-filled family outing, head to the Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, located just outside of the city. Entrance is reasonably priced and the wild animals on display are guaranteed to impress both children and adults alike. The park has its own restaurant and designated BBQ areas.
An imposing statue standing tall above the city, the National Wallace Monument is an internationally renowned landmark, where the history of Scottish patriot William Wallace is recounted over three informative galleries. Climbing the 246 steps up to the top of this structure is highly recommended.
Another major historical site in Stirling is the village of Bannockburn, which was the scene of a major battle against the English in 1314. A new visitor centre is due to open here later on this year, detailing how the battle unfolded.
Situated the University of Stirling’s main campus, the MacRobert Arts Centre hosts regular live events from music and dance to theatre and film and is the perfect place to enjoy an evening of entertainment in Stirling. This intimate and reasonably priced centre also has its own café bar.
Edinburgh Airport is Stirling‚Äôs closest airport, approximately 30 miles away from the city. The airport offers both budget and high end flights to a host of destinations, both throughout Europe and further afield.
Stirling is connected to the airport by public transport links, however those with access to their own vehicle can reach the airport via the M9 motorway.