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 one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Stirling deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Stirling

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Allan Park (20 Allan Park) and The Grill Room - Hotel Colessio (33 Spittal Street) are great picks.

When to visit Stirling

Stirling in November
Estimated hotel price
C$ 121
1 night at 3-star hotel
Stirling in November
Estimated hotel price
C$ 121
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 24 miles from Stirling. The shortest flight to Stirling from Canada departs from Calgary and takes around 7h 42m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Stirling, followed by Lumo. The train journey from Stirling to Manchester takes 3h 45m and costs around C$ 40 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Birmingham, expect to pay about C$ 69 for a 4h 10m trip. Located 0.5 miles from the city centre, Stirling is the busiest station in Stirling. Another popular train station is Stirling Bridge of Allan, located 3 miles from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Stirling is to pick up a car rental from Edinburgh, which is about 31 miles from Stirling. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Europcar, among others, in Edinburgh.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Stirling, including FlixBus, Megabus and National Express. From Glasgow, the bus ride to Stirling takes 80 miles and will cost you around C$ 16. From Aberdeen, the ticket costs about C$ 26 for a journey of 177 miles. The most popular bus station is Stirling Bannockburn, Heritage Centre, located 1.4 miles from downtown Stirling. Stirling Forth Valley College is also a commonly used station, and is 1.7 miles from the city centre.

Plane

Although Stirling doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Edinburgh Turnhouse Airport (EDI), which is located 24 miles from Stirling. The shortest flight to Stirling from Canada departs from Calgary and takes around 7h 42m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Stirling, followed by Lumo. The train journey from Stirling to Manchester takes 3h 45m and costs around C$ 40 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Birmingham, expect to pay about C$ 69 for a 4h 10m trip. Located 0.5 miles from the city centre, Stirling is the busiest station in Stirling. Another popular train station is Stirling Bridge of Allan, located 3 miles from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Stirling is to pick up a car rental from Edinburgh, which is about 31 miles from Stirling. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Europcar, among others, in Edinburgh.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Stirling, including FlixBus, Megabus and National Express. From Glasgow, the bus ride to Stirling takes 80 miles and will cost you around C$ 16. From Aberdeen, the ticket costs about C$ 26 for a journey of 177 miles. The most popular bus station is Stirling Bannockburn, Heritage Centre, located 1.4 miles from downtown Stirling. Stirling Forth Valley College is also a commonly used station, and is 1.7 miles from the city centre.

Airports near Stirling

Airlines serving Stirling

Lufthansa
Good (4,665 reviews)
KLM
Good (852 reviews)
SWISS
Good (942 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,539 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,614 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,306 reviews)
Air France
Good (984 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,585 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (484 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,958 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,120 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,469 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,860 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (229 reviews)
Finnair
Good (872 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,177 reviews)
LOT
Good (685 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (923 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (827 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (833 reviews)
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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 C$ 201 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 266 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Stirling

Most booked hotels in Stirling

Roman Camp Country House Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 287+
Crown Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 116+
Holiday Inn Express Stirling
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 154+
The Waverley Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 165+
King Robert Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 111+
Stirling Court Hotel
3 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 125+

Renting a car in Stirling

Renting a car in Stirling costs C$ 57 per day, on average, or C$ 115 if you want to rent it for 2 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 23% cheaper than airport locations in Stirling.

Expect to pay C$ 2.55 per litre in Stirling (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 30.58 and C$ 40.77. The most frequently booked car type in Stirling is Standard (Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini rental cars (Toyota iQ or similar) are, on average, 66% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Stirling costs C$ 57 per day, on average, or C$ 115 if you want to rent it for 2 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 23% cheaper than airport locations in Stirling.

Expect to pay C$ 2.55 per litre in Stirling (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 30.58 and C$ 40.77. The most frequently booked car type in Stirling is Standard (Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini rental cars (Toyota iQ or similar) are, on average, 66% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.