Stirling

Things to do in Stirling

The university itself is located just outside Stirling in the village of Bridge of Allan. Bridge of Allan has fewer amenities to offer than Stirling, but is very nice and walking distance to the University.

Where to stay

Accommodation on campus is available to book through the University of Stirling. There are also several B&Bs and Airbnbs within Stirling and Bridge of Allan. Additionally, a brand new Travelodge has opened next to Stirling station.

Transport

From Stirling the best way to get to the university is by bus. From the city centre the 2A, X39, 62 and 62b go direct to the university. The 54 goes from the city centre via Bridge of Allan so takes a lot longer. Please note, the 62 returns to the centre via a different route! Always double check timetables before getting on a bus.

From Bridge of Allan it is a fairly short walk (roughly 30 minutes or less), or you can get the 54 bus.

There is also a bike hire scheme in the city called Next Bikes with bike hire points on the university campus as well as at Stirling station, Bridge of Allan Station and in Causewayhead (about half way between). This service is free for students if bikes are hired for under an hour. See the Next Bike website for more information.

If you’re staying further afield, Stirling train station is a bus ride away from the university, and Bridge of Allan train station is about a 30-minute walk away. Trains to Edinburgh and Glasgow run every half an hour from both stations until 8pm when they are less frequent.

There is car parking available on campus for a daily fee.

Food

There are lots of nice restaurants in Stirling for a range of budgets. We can recommend any of the following for dinner: Gabe’s diner, Na Pizza, Greengates Indian, Cronies restaurant or Hermann’s

For breakfast or brunch The Fat Cyclist is great for gluten and dairy free options, or try Friar’s Wynd.

There are fewer options in Bridge of Allan, but try Jam Jar for dinner, or for something quick there is an excellent Chippy.

Drinks/Pubs

In Stirling try Brewdog, Nicky Tams or The Tollbooth for good beers and some simple snacks. In Bridge of Allan the Allanwater Brewhouse is a must visit.

Attractions

If you can stay over the weekend Stirling and the surrounding areas have loads to offer. Within the town check out historical attractions like Stirling Castle, the Old Town Jail or go on a ghost walk. Slightly further afield there is also the Bannockburn Experience.

Or very close to the university check out some film or theatre at the Macrobert Arts Centre or climb the Wallace Monument.

A short drive away (or get the number 59 bus, but check timetables for return buses) is Blair Drummond Safari Park where you might spot some of the research subjects used by the Behaviour and Evolution Research Group (BERG) at Stirling.

There are also loads of great local walks – climb Dumyat hill behind the university campus, or go walking in the Ochil hills. If you came by car we are only a short drive from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park which is beautiful and has lots of outdoor sports available.

Night out

The Tolbooth in Stirling is good for gigs and comedy nights.