Stirling travel guide

Stirling Tourism | Stirling Guide

You're Going to Love Stirling

With a population of 33.012, Stirling is a must-see destination in Scotland, United Kingdom. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Where to Eat in Stirling

If you’re looking for affordable options, La Cucina (64 Henderson Street) and Cook's Of Stirling (78 Upper Craigs) are great picks.

When to visit Stirling

Stirling in February
Estimated hotel price
€77
1 night at 3-star hotel
Stirling in February
Estimated hotel price
€77
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Stirling

Plane

Although Stirling doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Edinburgh Turnhouse Airport (EDI), which is located 39 km from Stirling. Glasgow Prestwick is the most popular, with regular flights from British Airways, Aer Lingus, Ryanair and other airlines departing from Ireland. The shortest flight to Stirling from Ireland departs from Knock and takes around 1h 05m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Stirling, followed by Lumo. The train journey from Stirling to Newcastle upon Tyne takes 1h 34m and costs around €17 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Manchester, expect to pay about €52 for a 3h 09m trip. Located 0.7 km from the city centre, Stirling is the busiest station in Stirling. Another popular train station is Stirling Bridge of Allan, located 5 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Stirling is to pick up a car hire from Edinburgh, which is about 49 km from Stirling. You’ll find branches of INTERRENT and Easirent, among others, in Edinburgh.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Stirling, including Megabus, FlixBus and National Express. From Glasgow, the bus ride to Stirling takes 124 km and will cost you around €6. From Newcastle upon Tyne, the ticket costs about €19 for a journey of 241 km. The most popular bus station is Stirling Bannockburn, Heritage Centre, located 2.3 km from the city centre of Stirling. Stirling Forth Valley College is also a commonly used station, and is 2.7 km from the city centre.

Airlines serving Stirling

United Airlines
Good (2,840 reviews)
Lufthansa
Good (2,153 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (4,385 reviews)
KLM
Good (350 reviews)
Air France
Good (399 reviews)
British Airways
Good (1,417 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (3,051 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,325 reviews)
SWISS
Good (454 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,208 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (964 reviews)
Iberia
Good (916 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (1,419 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (278 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (312 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (320 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (539 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (100 reviews)
Finnair
Good (696 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (776 reviews)
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Where to stay in Stirling

From 5-star hotels such as the Victoria Square & The Orangery to great affordable options like the Ravenswood Guest House, Stirling offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around €187 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to €184 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Stirling

Most booked hotels in Stirling

Abbotsford Lodge
Excellent (9.3, Excellent reviews)
€85+
Roman Camp Country House Hotel
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
€138+
Holiday Inn Express Stirling
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
€52+
King Robert Hotel
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
€61+
Stirling Court Hotel
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
€50+
Stirling Highland Hotel- Part of the Cairn Collection
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
€69+
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Hiring a car in Stirling

Expect to pay €1.86 per litre in Stirling (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between €22.24 and €29.65. The most frequently booked car type in Stirling is Mini (Fiat 500 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Intermediate car hire (Ford Escape or similar) is, on average, 90% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.