"Stirling, like a huge brooch, clasps Highlands and Lowlands together." - Alexander Smith
Stirling's historically strategic position in Scotland has always made it an easy place to travel to.
Stirling is linked to Scotland’s motorway and trunk road network including the M9/A9 to Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness and the M80 to Glasgow.
Stirling is about 35 minutes from Glasgow (Queen Street Station) and 50 minutes Edinburgh (Haymarket and Waverley stations) with three direct services an hour from Glasgow and two from Edinburgh. There are also direct services to London, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness. The Railway station is located 2 minutes walk from the city centre.
For timetables go to travelinescotland.com or call Traveline on 0870 608 2608.
There is an hourly non-stop coach service from Glasgow and Edinburgh, taking 40 minutes and 1 hour respectively, as well as regular bus services to the Scottish cities and towns like St Andrews and Perth. The modern bus station which has a café and left luggage lockers is open Mon-Sat 06.30-22.00 Sun 10.00-18.00.
For timetables go to travelinescotland.com or call Traveline 0870 608 2608 or Stirling Bus Station 01786 446474.
Most travellers arrive at Edinburgh, Glasgow or Glasgow Prestwick airports which all have branches of leading car hire operators and taxi services.
Edinburgh Airport – a 24-hour bus service, every 10 mins at peak times and 30 mins at night, leaves outside the terminal and stops at Haymarket Terrace for direct rail and bus services to Stirling. Journey time – 20 mins.
Glasgow Airport – a quarter hourly bus service taking around 25 mins leaves from outside the terminal and stops at Buchanan Street Bus Station for direct services to Stirling. Queen Street Railway Station is a five-minute walk.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport – a half hour train service (hourly on Sundays) runs to Glasgow Central Station 06.00-23.08. The journey time is 45 mins. Queen Street Station, the terminus for Stirling trains is less than a ten-minute walk. A free shuttle bus also links the two stations every ten minutes.
Hop-on Hop-off City Bus
During the summer take advantage of the hop-on hop-off City Bus linking Stirling's top attractions.