‘Stirling is well known as the home of the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. I was pleasantly surprised at how many lovely walks were just outside the city centre…’
Stirling has a long and gruesome history of fighting and not being particularly good at football. Even though it’s a major Scottish city, it’s much smaller than Edinburgh or Glasgow. This enables it to retain a certain small-town charm while still having access to big city amenities.
|Lovers’ Walk bridge|
View of the Wallace Monument from Riverside
Lake at Stirling University
King Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn
Stirling city centre itself is lovely for walking around and is pretty easy to navigate. There are lots of beautiful old buildings, independent and chain stores and, more importantly, lots of places to buy coffee.
Outside the centre, the city is crossed by a major motorway, the M9. Just seconds from this are a plethora of fields and quiet little winding roads that seem a million miles from the cars and HGVs passing by.
Obviously, Stirling is very famous for its majestic castle and the Wallace Monument. It’s also the point in Scotland where the lowlands meet the highlands. This makes it a really unique place to walk and there’s lots of history to uncover while you do.
One of my favourite places to walk on a bright evening is around the University campus. Here, you can find a lovely lake (well, I say lake, but it’s a just a really big pond). You can make a circuit around and try not to upset the rather sensitive swans who patrol the area.
If shopping while you walk is more your thing, you can check out the Thistles Shopping Centre. Also: if walking and then sitting down for a drink the Stirling has lots of lovely traditional pubs. It is, after all, a University city, so this is a prerequisite.
Have you spent any time exploring Stirling on foot? What are your favourite spots?