About Stirling

Stirling | Willy Wallace Hostel

Willy Wallace Hostel is in the heart of Stirling!

Stirling is a city in central Scotland and the administrative centre for the Stirling council area (Stirlingshire). The city is considered the “Gateway to the Highlands” and grew up connecting the royal citadel, the medieval old town with its merchants and tradesmen, the bridge and the port. Stirling was the capital of Scotland as well. The city was the scene of a famous battle in 1297 when Sir William Wallace and Sir Andrew Moray led a Scottish army to a victory over the forces of Edward I of England. The city is shaped by its unique history, with a lively arts scene and the beauty of a national park close by.

Modern Stirling is a center of local government, tourism, and high education, and has a young population: 20% of Stirling’s population is aged between 16 and 29 years (National Records of Scotland 2016). The University of Stirling was considered, by International Student Barometer 2016 as the 1st in the UK and in Scotland for a good environment on campus, and in the top 5 in the UK for good sports facilities by Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017.

Prepare your sightseeing bucket list in Stirling and make sure to include the William Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. For the fans of Braveheart, the Old Stirling Bridge is not to be missed 😉

For a longer stay, you will be pleased to discover as well, the Stirling Smith Art gallery & museum, the Old town jail, the Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre, or the Cambuskenneth Abbey.


 Around Stirling

With a great network of public transports, you can also easily reach a large number of destinations.

Stirling’s surroundings are also very photogenic: for example, Doune Castle is a filming site for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Games of Thrones, Outlander, and more. Because of the outstanding scenery and historic monuments, many movie and TV series directors choose to shoot in this area.

Proximity with Edinburgh and Glasgow

Stirling is the central and not-to-be-missed point between Edinburgh and Glasgow. These two great Scottish cities offer plenty of sightseeing options and can be easily reached by cheap transport from Stirling (Bus fares from £2).

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

You desperately want to discover the countryside of Scotland but you’re running out of time to go to the Highlands? The beautiful region of the Trossachs will be sure to satisfy the hikers and the nature lovers.

Indeed, the area offers wonderful views, outdoor activities, and great trails. … And the good news is, it is only 45 minutes away from Stirling!

Useful Information

The Visitor Information Centre is located at The Old Town Jail, St. John Street, Stirling, FK8 1EA
Call Direct on 01786 475019 or email here


In Stirling only for a few hours? Don’t want to drag your bags around town?
Leave your luggage with us for a small charge instead! You don’t need to be a hostel guest!


Visit Scotland Information Centre: 01786 475019
Traveline Scotland: 0871 200 22 33
Scotrail: 0845 601 5929
Police non-emergency: 101
Minor Injuries Unit: 01786 434 036 (Stirling)
Accident and Emergency: 01324 566 000 (Larbert)
Saturn Taxis: 01786 811111