Shopping in Stirling
No holiday is complete without a spot of retail therapy, follow these tips and you’re sure to find plenty of treats for yourself plus those all-important souvenirs for friends and family.
If you’re looking to browse some of the top names in British high-street fashion head to Thistles; the main shopping centre in Stirling, home to around 90 stores including world famous department store Debenhams. Get there early to avoid the crowds – this is also a great place to park your car for the day. You will also find our local post office located on the first floor of WH Smith, ideal for buying stamps and sending parcels.
In need of a mid-morning coffee break? Head out on to Murray Place and Port Street, this is Stirling’s high-street and home to many lovely little cafes. If you happen to be there on the second Saturday of the month you will find Stirling’s Farmers’ Market. At this great market you can find the best of Scotland’s larder as well as beautiful, hand-crafted, Scottish gifts.
Make sure to visit the Stirling Arcade. In this Victorian shopping mall you will find an eclectic mix of independent retailers & businesses offering quality products and a friendly personal service. Whilst here, drop onto the Scottish Gantry – our local specialist whisky, gin and wine specialist store, here they offer expert advice and the chance to book your own tasting session.
For a gift to remember you can visit Contempo on King Street for a unique collection of Scottish and locally sourced treats. Around the corner on Friar Street make sure to explore House of Henderson – one of Scotland’s oldest kilt makers and Scottish gift specialists with tartan accessories and treasured mementos to take home. Just next door is Tinkerbells Emporium – a magical little gift shop bursting with all things fairy tale. From fairies and their tiny houses, unicorns and funky wall art and delicious candles.
Head up towards the Castle into Stirling’s old town – originally the centre of trading and shopping in Stirling until the 19th and 20th century when the town below became larger and many other shopping areas took shape. This area is still steeped in history, take in the sites whilst browsing for souvenirs at Stirling Castle gift shop or The Stirling Bagpipes Shop on Broad Street. This is also where you will find the Visitor Information Centre which has plenty of keepsakes – located at the Old Town Jail.
It’s well worth spending a few hours strolling through the picturesque town of Bridge of Allan, just outside Stirling. A lovely Victorian spa town with some of the best specialist shops in the area.