Cycling in Stirling
When biking is to your liking, there’s no place better to be than Stirling, where the small scale of the city and the beauty of the surrounding countryside have for years appealed to cyclists of all abilities. You’ll find lots of quiet, safe roads to help you explore, and some great, expert sources of information, advice and practical assistance.
The Stirling Cycle Hub is one such helpful info point, entirely dedicated to encouraging people to get out and about around Stirling – and the service is free. You can drop in Mondays through Saturdays next door to the railway station. Get yourself going with an electric bike or a gravel bike, or register for one of the shared-use Nextbikes. It’s free to register, then £1 for half an hour rental with a maximum charge of £10 a day. The service has 160 bikes at 23 stations across the city, over and above the machines available from ScotRail’s Bike & Go facility.
Not sure about routes? The Cycle Hub has maps and all the local knowledge you’ll need for planning your expedition, be it long or short, fast or slow. If you have a particular interest, like historical buildings, battles or beauty spots, don’t hesitate to say so – there’s bound to be a route to suit your pursuit.
To demonstrate just how richly Stirling can reward the cyclist, here’s just one sample bike trip. Setting out from the Cycle Hub, head along cycle paths that lead over the famous Stirling Bridge – always a good photo opportunity – then continue to Corrieres Café. Then (after tea and cake of course) you may want to walk up the steeper section to the iconic Wallace Monument, built in honour of one of Scotland’s most inspirational national warrior-heroes. Back on the bike, make your way to the scenic campus of University of Stirling, pedal around Airthery Loch, visit Airthery Castle, swing through the estate gardens and on to the charming village of Blairlogie. Another cuppa at the Coffee Bothy should keep you going smoothly along the cycle paths back into town.
Other memorable routes can take you a long way back in time, to Old St Ninians Parish Church and its 12th century Bell Tower; or to the Battle of Bannockburn Heritage Centre and its 3D experience; or to Torbex for sensational views of ancient Stirling Castle.
For the more intrepid there are adventurous mountain bike trails in Mine Wood, Hermitage Wood, Dumyat and North Third. And no self-respecting Outlander enthusiast would ever want to miss the trail to Culross or Doune Castle.
However you like to ride your bicycle, Stirling has something for you. It’s the wheel thing.