Stirling City Breaks
Cobbled streets, live entertainment, shopping and historic attractions
With a city break in Stirling you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Our historic Old Town boasts the finest concentration of historic buildings in Scotland. Look out for the beautifully preserved medieval and renaissance churches and mansions including the Argyll’s Lodging. Of course – there’s also the splendour of Stirling Castle and the world famous Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum. It’s certainly worth going on a Stirling Walking Tour to really appreciate the wonders of Stirling’s Old Town.
Top city centre hotels include the Golden Lion Hotel on King Street where Robert Burns himself stayed with his Cronies in the summer of 1787. The 19th Century, four-star Stirling Highland Hotel used to be the city’s high school and is just a few minutes’ walk from Stirling Castle. The popular 5-star Victoria Square Guest House offers luxurious accommodation in the peaceful and prestigious Kings Park area of Stirling just a short walk from the City Centre. Cooks of Stirling is a boutique style hotel with its own contemporary restaurant, located near the main high street.
Newly opened in 2018 in the heart of Stirling, Travelodge is conveniently located by the railway station, close to the city’s main attractions and transport links. With comfy king-size beds, an onsite bar and restaurant it’s a great base to explore.
If you’d prefer the privacy of a self-catering ‘home from home’, a stay at Cooper Cottages penthouse apartment is the perfect base to explore Stirling City, and close to the train station if you wish to venture further afield. Those on a budget can stay at one of two exceptional Youth Hostels in Stirling, the Willy Wallace Hostel is located a two minute walk from the train station whilst the Stirling Youth Hostel is a five minute walk from Stirling Castle.
Just a short walk away is the bustling city centre where there’s no shortage in shops, bars and cafes. Thistles Shopping centre showcases many of the biggest names in retail – the high-street and the Stirling Arcade also boast many unique independent retailers.
Stirling has a strong student population which means the city really comes to life in the evenings. If you are staying near the city centre you will be within easy walking distance of traditional pubs, bars and restaurants. You’ll also find live music, festivals and entertainment on throughout the year – check out what’s on in Stirling.