No holiday is complete without a spot of retail therapy, follow this guide 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 The Thistle Center. The main shopping centre in Stirling, home to around 90 stores including world famous department store Debenhams. Get there early to avoid the crowds.
In need of a mid-morning cappuccino break? Head out on to Murray Place and Port Street, this is Stirling’s high-street and home to many lovely little cafes. It’s also where your find many banks if you need to top up your spending money. 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.
After a caffeine fix head into 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.
When you exit the Arcade head up towards the Castle into Stirling’s old town. Historically the centre of trading and shopping in Stirling however, gradually throughout the 19th and 20th century the town below became larger and many other shopping areas took shape. This area is still steeped in history, so why not take in some of the sites whilst browsing for souvenirs at Stirling Castle gift shop or The Stirling Bagpipes Shop. This is also where you will find the Visitor Information Centre which has plenty of souvenirs available.
It’s well worth spending your afternoon 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. Why not browse some art work at the The Fotheringham Gallery. Or pick up some locally brewed beer at the The Allanwater Brewhouse. If all that shopping has made your head spin you can always pop in to Strathallan Pharmacy the oldest retail business in the village established in 1851!