“Not all who wander are lost” – that said if you’re feeling a little lost about what to do and where to stay on your trip to the heart of Scotland fear not. our helpful guide will point you in the right direction.
Stirling has two great hostels in the centre of town both offering warm welcomes to weary travellers. The Willy Wallace Hostel is a family run independent hostel. It is a clean, friendly, well-run budget accommodation provider just a stone’s throw away from Stirling train and bus stations. There are twin and double rooms and dormitories of various sizes. The specially built bunks are adult size, robust and well attached to the wall. The mattresses are comfortable and all bed linen is provided.
Stirling Youth Hostel is situated in the Old Town of Stirling, offering 4-star budget accommodation with 92 beds. A range of multi-share and private rooms are available, all en-suite. Facilities include a self-catering kitchen, dining room, two separate common areas and a meeting room for private use. This licensed youth hostel also offers meals to guests. Other budget accommodation option’s include a Camping/Caravan/Wigwam site at Mains Farm, or stay in the range of student accommodation available at Stirling University if you’re here outside of term time.
Stirling is jam packed with things to see and do. The three big attractions are Stirling Castle the Wallace Monument and the Battle of Bannockburn Experience – there are some things you can do for free if you would rather save your pennies at these attractions. First of all you can go up to the Wallace Monument and see it from the outside for free, this gives you some good views and photo opportunities. At the Bannockburn Experience you can see the battlefield monument and Robert the Bruce’s statue at no cost.
The Church of the Holy Rude is a great free attraction. Founded in 12th century, it’s the second oldest building in Stirling. The coronations of James IV and James VI took place here. The Stirling Smith Museum & Art Gallery is also free and houses the world’s oldest football. Scottish history collections, fine art and archaeology are used in the main display, called ‘The Stirling Story’, which explores the history of the city over the past Millennium. The Allanwater Brewhouse located in the picturesque town of Bridge of Allan lets you see behind the scenes of a working micro-brewery. You can meet the brewer and learn the secrets of making a traditional hand-brewed Scottish pint. Entry and tastings of Allanwater’s best-selling cask ales is free.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and at just £2 for beans on toast and a refillable tea or coffee, City Walls breakfast will set you up for the day without breaking the bank. If you have a busy day planned a take away coffee and breakfast roll from Ciscos is just the ticket and reasonably priced.
The Kilted Kangaroo serves Australian favourites with a Scottish twist, great for a big lunch or dinner at around £7 for most mains. The Green Gates Indian is good for take away dinner but you can sit in too. They also do half portions of popular dishes which if you add rice or a Nan bread is a filling meal with a low price tag. The Gallery restaurant at Forth Valley College is a great way to eat fancy food that’s wallet friendly. All cooked by chefs in training, it’s a steal at £10 for 3 courses. The Ground House Coffee Company is a great place to enjoy a light meal – you can get everything from nachos to pizzas. A pizza with two toppings comes in at just £6 or you can get two main meals for £10 – and you can use the free Wi-Fi while you eat.