We drove to Stirling from Darlington by excursion bus in May of 2004. The distance was 180mi. It took us 4 hours.
The modern navigator gives us the following road way.
1. Head west on Coniscliffe Rd toward West St 0.1 mi
2. Continue onto Stanhope Rd S Go through 1 roundabout 0.4 mi
3. Turn left onto Woodland Rd/A68 Continue to follow A68 Go through 4 roundabouts 2.6 mi
4. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the A1(M) ramp to Durham/Newcastle 0.3 mi
5. Merge onto A1(M) 26.4 mi
6. Continue onto A1 10.2 mi
7. Take the A696/A167 ramp to Jedburg Airport/City (Centre) 0.3 mi
8. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A696 Go through 4 roundabouts 29.7 mi
9. Slight left onto A68 Go through 2 roundabouts 63.8 mi
10. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the A720 ramp to Edinburgh South & West/M8/Glasgow/Stirling/M9 0.2 mi
11. Merge onto A720 Go through 1 roundabout 10.6 mi
12. Take the M8 exit toward Glasgow/Forth Road Bridge/A90/Stirling/Livingston/M9 0.2 mi
13. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto M8 heading to Glasgow 3.3 mi
14. At junction 2, exit onto M9 toward Stirling/A90 25.3 mi
15. At junction 9, take the A91 exit to Stirling 0.3 mi
16. At the roundabout, take the 5th exit onto A872 Go through 2 roundabouts 1.9 mi
17. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Burghmuir Rd/A9 Go through 1 roundabout 1.1 mi
18. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Upper Craigs/A811 325 ft
19. Turn left onto Wellgreen Rd/A811 325 ft
20. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Wellgreen Rd/A811 0.1 mi
21. Turn right onto A811 489 ft
You can watch my 2 min 11 sec Video From England to Scotland part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
Stirling Train Station is set right in the middle of town, where all of the town's major sights are only a few minutes walk away. Sign posts on most streets will tell you how to get to each sight.
As Edinburgh is close by, less than 30 miles south, there are frequent and very inexpensive trains that arrive and depart for the city. There are also express trains to Glasgow, which is further away. Stirling is also one of the gateways to the Highlands, where there are frequent trains to Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee and Perth.
Road distances from Stirling to:
- Glasgow: 49 kms.
- Edinburgh: 72 kms.
- Liverpool: 383 kms.
- London: 678 kms.
Checking the website, you can find some other road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.
Public transport around is not too bad and we did go into Glasgow with the train, but for exploring the smaller places and being free to come and go it is better to have a car. we were lucky enough to be able to have the Smart as a cabrio several days.
Save on the leg work by taking advantage of the free shuttle bus from the information centre at the Wallace Monument. A quick and easy ride up to the top of the very steep inclines of Abbey Craig. It was still a nice day so we chose to walk down - if you do walk be prepared to step to the side verge to allow the bus to pass.
There is a local tour bus which picks up from the train station and takes you to all the main attractions within Stirling. The Castle, Bridge of Allan, and Wallace Monument. Worth the money and if you have a wonderful driver like we did he will, also, give you tips on where to eat and what has the best value.
You can purchase from:
Tickets can only be purchased from Stirling Bus Station. Tours run from
1 May to 3 October
The M80 is the best option for the fastest route between Stirling and Glasgow. Travel time is less than an hour. Several busses run between Stirling and Glasgow/ Edinburgh.
The train option though, is probably a little bit quicker wrt travel time...
Stirlilng is only 25mins on the express train otherwise it's 45mins from Glasgow. Ask for cheap day return ticket for 4.55pounds!! Take the train for Queen St. station and Stirlilng is the first stop.
From Waverley Station in Edinburgh a train is leaving to Stirling every half an hour. The train leaves every 3 minutes and every 33 minutes past the hour. The price for a day return ticket depends on when you are leaving. I wanted to go early because there were many places I wanted to visit in Stirling, so I took the train 8.33. Then the return ticket cost 9.80 pounds. If I should have waited two hours the price would only be 6.20 pounds.
In the evening the trains only leaves once an hour and they leave Stirling, for Edinburgh, 5 minutes past every hour.The train ride takes 50 minutes.
There are also coaches going to Stirling from the bus station (close to Andrews Square).
There is an open top double decker bus trip around Stirling. It uses an elderly/characterful bus and the route covers the main sites from Bannockburn to the Wallace Monument and Uni. Central point is the train station. As well as the narrated tour you can use the bus as transportation during daytime. I've not been on the tour myself but I'm sure I would learn a few factoids.
Weather warning: This is Scotland - the trip will be glorious on a sunny day, but I have seen plenty of tourists shivering away or sheltering downstairs. Take something warm and/or waterproof.
Costs £6 adult/ £5 Student/OAP/ £2.50 child
If you go onto the www.citysightseeing.co.uk page you link to diffent pages for Stirling ( and loads of pages for other destinations as well).
If you like to walk and are planning on spending the day in Stirling, then walking is a great way to get around and get a feel for the town. I spent about 8 hours in Stirling and walked from the station to Argyll House, the Castle, the Allan Bridge, the Wallace Monument and the Cambuskenneth Abbey - the walk included great walks through diverse neighborhoods, surrounding countryside (with foto ops with local sheep and cows) as well as visiting the toilet at the local AMF bowling alley - which was packed on Sunday afternoon. Large shooping mall to waste time before departure of train.