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Visiting Stirling from Ayrshire is easily done by train. Trains run between Ayr and Glasgow Central every 30 minutes. Trains call at Prestwick, Troon and Irvine on the 50 minute journey. A short walk from Glasgow Central Station to Glasgow Queen Street Station allows you to catch one of the trains that run every 30 minutes between Glasgow Queen Street and Stirling, about 20 minutes travel time. Day return tickets can be bought from the station on departure, no need to book. Prices from about £17 return. Booking/Price Guide.

There are also regular coach tours from Ayrshire towns to Stirling, see Coach Tours for more information.

The town of Stirling is similar to the old part of Edinburgh with its old style buildings and cobbled streets. Much of old Stirling is built around the castle that sits high on top of a volcanic outcrop. The castle, similar in size and structure as Edinburgh Castle, was Scotland's main fortress for many centuries as it situated in the narrowest part of Scotland at the gateway to the Highlands.

The train station at Stirling is situated next to the bus station. Local buses run throughout the summer up to the castle and about 2 miles east to the most impressive of Scotland's many monuments erected in honour of Sir William Wallace. There is also a bus service in winter to the Wallace Monument. Best to be at the monument before 2 oclock in winter.

Stirling is not as conjested as Edinburgh, this making visiting by car a lot easier. The castle is easily found by car as you can see it from miles off. The roads lead around and up to the castle where there is a large car park at the entrance.

Photo Tour of Stirling