Historic old buildings, atmospheric streets
Can be wet, windy & cold at the wrong time of year
a must visit for anyone interested in Scottish history
I realise that many of my tips here on Virtual Tourist involve pubs and bars and I make no apology for it. I certainly do not wish to offend anyone who does not indulge in alcohol for religious, medical or any other reason and I know of no bar in the world (I have been in a few) where you are forced to drink alcohol. I offer this tip as an...more
I appreciate that there are people who would suggest that writing a VT tip on something as mundane and common in the UK as a war memorial (in this case more than one) is hardly helpful to the traveller but I disagree. I have a number of interests when I travel and UK war memorials are one of them. If anyone has an interest in the subject, I...more
A 17th century townhouse, just across the street from the Castle. It was a home of the Duke of Argyll, hence the name. It also belongs to Historic Scotland, the owners of the Castle, and as I understand it you can only visit as part of a trip to the Castle. A guided tour is compulsory. It cost an extra £2 per person on top of the Castle entrance....more
Another landmark which you see from all around, and as you drive along the M9 motorway. It's built on a hill in the middle of the River Forth flood plain, so highly visible.We didn't allow enough time to see it all, so will have to return to see the Chapel Royal, kitchens, Regimental Museum, Royal Buildings etc. I reckon about half a day is needed...more
How many times have I seen this landmark from a distance, or even driven past it? Countless.Well, the other day I went in. Or up, rather (see below).The monument was built in the 19th century, and stands on the top of the Abbey Craig. You'll find car parks and a visitor centre at the foot of the hill, and that's where you buy your admission ticket....more
Another Historic Scotland property, just down the road from the castle. If you visit the castle first you don't have to pay extra to see the Lodging, otherwise its about £2.50. You can see around the building by guided tour which explains the history of the building and the people who lived there, and you can see the kitchens, reception room as...more
We stayed at the University of Sterling in June in one of the student housing apartments. There were 7 of us in our group and the flat had enough single bedrooms(each with a sink), two showers and two toilets plus a complete kitchen, dining area and small commons area. Bedding was provided and even the beds were comfortable. There were other...more
This quaint and quirky building dates back to 1639 known as Cowan's Hospital. It was never used as a hospital in the proper sense of the word but rather an almshouse usually set up for the poor or elderly. In this case Thomas Cowan opened the almshouse as a place of refuge for bankrupt merchants. Today it is an ancestral centre where you can trace...more
As long as there has been a castle in Stirling there has been a Royal Chapel. The Chapel you see today was built for James Vl for the occassion of his infant Son Hendry's Christening on the 30th. August 1594 the King beleived the infant would inherit the unified crown which he did not. Later the Chapel was lavishly decorated for a visit from...more
I really enjoyed the one night we stayed here and would have liked to have stayed longer. Room was...more
Since I live near I never stay - but here is some info - round the edge is a Travelodge, a Travel...more
I was very impressed with this hotel. Very high quality furnishings, great full English breakfast...more
If you have read the limited number of other tips on my Stirling page, you will know that my friend and I literally spent a few hours in that wonderful town which is a situation I fully intend to rectify at the earliest opportunity.We were here early week, off-season and were staying in the equally impressive Dunfermline which is a bit of a drive...more
This cavernous pub serves pretty standard pub grub in a nice location right in the centre of the city, at the base of the city walls. Good food at reasonable prices, great if you are on a budget. They had offers on too, which made it even more reasonable. I like my pub grub - scampi and chips followed by chocolate fudge cake!more
This is part of a chain that has restaurants in a few locations in Scotland. I had previously been to the one in Edinburgh so expected to get a good meal here. Its a Chinese/Asian buffet restaurant so of course there is a wide choice of starters, main dishes & accompaniements to choose from. I love their honeyed chicken especially, yum! The squid...more
We had a late lunch/snack here before tackling the Castle etc.I had beef stew, and my better half had vegetable broth. Both were served with crusty bread. My stew was excellent - didn't try the broth, but it seemed to hit the spot on a cold, wet & windy mid winter afternoon.It's self service, so quick. It cost me over £13 however, so I have my...more
This is just a basic tearoom/cafe but we had a really yummy cooked Scottish breakfast here both days of my most recent trip. They have a variety of options from a simple filled roll or omellette, up to a full cooked breakfast. Prices are very reasonable, portions generous and service was quick and friendly. Only down side maybe is that it doesn't...more
I've always liked this fish and chip / Italian restaurant in the centre of Stirling, but got a pleasant surprise when my wife and I went there last Thursday to discover they do a buffet lunch on Thursdays and Fridays. Downstairs is the Fish tea section: bread, butter, battered fish, chips, and a pot of tea. Upstairs is the a la carte Italian and...more
A main theatre (also used for music and films), a specialist film theatre, a decent cafe/bar, a gallery, and special provisions for kids.
All recently renovated, the main house is quite a space, a steeply raked arena with a big, big screen for films.
The filmhouse is around 140 seats, and while I like it, I prefer the main house. It does mean that they can program films every day, although said program does now tend pretty much towards the mainstream. Normal cinema style sweets and ices available, and (yay!) you can take a drink from the bar in.
For the official Stirling Uni blurb, see this link:
The other link is for the Macrobert itself.
The picture is across the Uni loch, you pass this on the way to the car parks. Also a very popular view for graduation pics.
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.Darlington1. 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...more
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...more
A typical tourist shop filled with a fine selection of Scottish food especially good old fashioned sweets and whisky products. Toys for kids, postcards, CD's & DVD's with a Scottish theme as well as a reasonable range of books on Scottish history. When we came out of the shop we had a laugh at the recent addition of a statue - William Wallace my...more
The Thistle shopping centre is in the centre of Stirling and is your typical mall like shopping centre with many different assortment of shops to chose from. The thistle shopping centre has a roof on it which is good considering the weather we get cash, cheque, switch and credit cards widely accepted but you now must have a pin number to use...more
OKay I expect more out of the Scots. This daft statue sits at the bottom of the Wallace Monument, near the entrance shop.
I couldn't stop laughing at the uncanny resemblence to Mel Gibson and the obvious references to the 1996 feature.
The Scots show some dignity and tear down this laughable work.
I do not propose to write a huge amount here on a tip which effectively regards a pretty dilapidated wall in one of the lesser used streets in Stirling, but it is of historical interest and if the reader is vaguely interested I have hopefully provided enough information for them to further research themselves. I should add that the website provided...more
The Trossachs are 'the Highlands in Miniature' and lie to the north and west of Stirling. The tourists centres are the small town of Callander (15 miles from Stirling) and the village of Aberfoyle (20 miles). Both have very picturesque settings, but actually lie on the edge of the Trossachs. So the main way tourists will normally experience the...more
A big pineapple shaped building owned by the National Trust. Its a few miles from Stirling, situated in the old walled garden of an estate. There isn't really much there but its kind of fun to see. In the olden days there would have been greenhouses to grow pineapples in but of course now they are just imported from abroad and not really grown in...more
Based about 8 miles from Stirling, at Alva, and flying mainly in the Ochils, you will find the Extreme Paragliding Club and School. Courses may be booked, ranging from an introductory day up to Club Pilot licence.I was a member and gained my Elementary Pilots licence (now lapsed, unfortunately).The feeling of a successful flight, even a short one...more
The City of Stirling 10K is a mass-participation road race which has been held for the last 5 years. This year's race, in September 2006, was the first in which I have taken part (although I have been running intermittently (and slowly) for the last few years).The course is virtually flat, good for first-timers and personal bests, though it is fair...more
Stirling Albion (The Binos) are the local league football team. One of the more recent clubs (dating only to 1945) they are a semi-professional team, currently in the Second Division (third level). Crowds are generally only a few hundred - the makeup of Stirling and area is that there is not such an interest in football as there might be (too posh)...more
Stirling is a small town but she did achieve City Status during Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee Celebrations. Known as the Broch of Scotland Stirling claspes the Highland's and Lowlands together. The finest sights of Ben Lomond, the Trossachs, Forth Valley and the Ochil and Pentland hills are best viewed from high points such as Abbey Craig and the...more