No trip is complete without a spot of retail therapy



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 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.

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.

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  • The Thistles Shopping Centre

    If you’re looking to browse some of the top names in British high-street fashion this is the place for you. The Thistles tempts you with unrivalled selection of over 90 stores: a mix of big brands and variety of specialty shops all under one roof. The ultimate shopping experience.

  • The Stirling Arcade

    At the Stirling Arcade, we’ve got everything you need for an enjoyable shopping experience – a great mix of independent retailers and businesses offering quality products and friendly and personal service. With its beautifully restored Victorian architecture and period features a visit to the Arcade is an experience all of its own.You can relax with […]

  • Stirling Bagpipes

    ‘Stirling Bagpipes’ are a family run business based in Stirling’s old town. We are a well-known Scottish bagpipe maker specialising in manufacturing Great Highland Bagpipes, Scottish Smallpipes & border pipes. Our large collection of Antique bagpipes (eg. Henderson, Hardie, Glens, Lawrie, Robertson, Starck ) is very popular and sells well all over the world. The […]

  • The Fotheringham Gallery

    a Scottish Art Gallery situated in Bridge of Allan near Stirling, the gallery is renowned for the quality and range of original contemporary Scottish art it sells.

  • The Allanwater Brewhouse

    The hub of all brewing. You will enjoy many fine beers and a comfortable atmosphere within our walls. Enjoy our bar, take a tour of our facilities or just pop in to visit. This is where all our cask conditioned real ales and bottled ales are produced. Come and see the brewery in action and […]

  • Strathallan Pharmacy

    Established in 1851 and the oldest retailer in Bridge of Allan, Strathallan Pharmacy has links to Robert Louis Stevenson, D.H.Lawrence and is a unique step back in time.

  • Debenhams

    Up and coming designer ranges to high street favourites there is something for everyone at Debenhams. Browse for womenswear, menswear and children’s clothes at this internationally renowned department store with a proud British heritage.  Be sure to stop by the cosmetics counters and don’t miss the fantastic home and furniture range. If all that shopping […]

  • Made in Stirling

    Made in Stirling offers an outlet for local makers, designers and artists the opportunity to retail the work they produce on the high street.  All of the work on sale is made by people who are either from Stirling, or live and practice in the Stirling area. We have everything from ceramics, to glass ware, […]

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