Stirling travel guide

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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. We recommend you stay at least 2 days in order to fully appreciate everything Stirling has to offer.

Where to Eat in Stirling

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Allan Park (20 Allan Park) and The Meadowpark (56 Kenilworth Rd) are great picks.

When to visit Stirling

Stirling in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Stirling in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Stirling


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 easyJet, British Airways, American Airlines and other airlines departing from the United Kingdom. The shortest domestic flight to Stirling departs from Manchester and takes around 22m.


Train is the most popular train carrier serving Stirling, followed by AccesRail. The train journey from Stirling to Glasgow takes 0h 49m and costs around £16 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Inverness, expect to pay about £20 for a 3h 17m 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.


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 GREEN MOTION and INTERRENT , among others, in Edinburgh.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Stirling, including Megabus, National Express and Scottish Citylink. From Glasgow, the bus ride to Stirling takes 105 km and will cost you around £5. From Inverness, the ticket costs about £21 for a journey of 394 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

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Where to stay in Stirling

From 5-star hotels such as the Victoria Square to great affordable options like the Ravenswood Guest House, Stirling offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around £118 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £176 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Stirling

Most booked hotels in Stirling

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Roman Camp Country House Hotel
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Holiday Inn Express Stirling
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Old Churches House Hotel
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Crown Hotel
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Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
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Hiring a car in Stirling

Hiring a car in Stirling costs £58 per day, on average, or £116 if you want to hire it for 2 days.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 7% cheaper than airport locations in Stirling.

Expect to pay £1.94 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 £23.27 and £31.03. The most frequently booked car type in Stirling is Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Class Mini Car or similar) is, on average, 94% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.