Getting here


Our Getting Here pages are intended to provide students, staff and visitors alike with details on how best to travel to and from our Stirling campus.

In recent years the University has sought to develop a range of Green Travel / Active Travel initiatives aimed at encouraging all who travel to the campus to consider alternatives to the car for their journey.


Stirling campus

Our Stirling campus, located at the heart of central Scotland, enjoys excellent public transport links and is easily accessible on foot, by bike, by bus and by train or by most combinations of the above travel methods.

The Getting Here pages are designed to show how easy it is to reach our Stirling campus, and to highlight the benefits of taking a more active approach to your journey to "the most picturesque university campus in Europe".

My Personal Travel Plan (MyPTP)

MyPTP is a free online personal travel planning service available to University of Stirling staff and students only, which shows all the travel options for your daily commute to and from the University.

To see your personal travel plan, please complete the form to the right using your University of Stirling email.


Getting here on foot

Our Stirling campus is a pleasant walk from both Stirling city centre and from Bridge of Allan. (If travelling to the University by train you can get off the train at either Stirling rail station – a better option if you intend to continue your journey to campus by bus or taxi - or Bridge of Allan station). Click the map icons right to view suggested routes.

Why Walk - Paths for All

Weather check

Check out the weather forecast to see whether you’ll need to apply your sunscreen when you walk to campus.

On campus walks

Whilst walking represents a healthy and economical way of commuting to and from campus, there are a number of great walks in and around campus that students, staff and visitors can take during the day, to either keep fit or simply unwind from a stressful day. Click the map icons right to view suggested routes.

Why walk?

30 minutes a day of moderate activity is all you need to start feeling healthier – and it doesn’t need to be vigorous physical activity. Active people live longer and healthier lives than inactive people. Find out why it makes sense to start walking to, from and around the University campus.

Stirling Rail Station – University of Stirling (Approx 40 minutes walk)

  • On exiting Stirling Rail station turn right and follow Goosecroft Road until its junction with Wallace Street.
  • Turn right into Wallace Street (you will pass a large Tesco Store on your right).
  • At end of Wallace Street follow the underpass footpath and then cross the historic Old Stirling Bridge over the River Forth. Carry straight on until you reach the pelican crossing at the junction of Cornton Road/Causewayhead Road.
  • Cross over at the crossing and then proceed straight along Causewayhead Road (A9), passing under the railway bridge and, on the right, the entrance to Stirling County Rugby Club.
  • Continue straight on up Causewayhead Road until reaching the Causewayhead roundabout.
  • Turn left at the Causeway head roundabout and follow the path along until reaching the pelican crossing at Wallace High School where you should cross to the pavement at opposite side of the road.
  • Continue on the A9. Thereafter you can opt to either access the University via:
    1. the entrance to the Scottish Institute of Sport (quite a steep climb, with the University’s sports facilities on your left) which takes you out opposite the main Cottrell Building car park
    2. the University’s main entrance (accessed by continuing past the turn off for the Scottish Institute of Sport).  At the main entrance you should cross over the road to access the footpath which runs from the main entrance to the campus itself.

Bridge of Allan Rail Station – University of Stirling (Approx 25 minutes walk)

  • On alighting from your train make your way up to the A9 main road (road bridge crosses over the railway line).
  • Once on the main road, turn right and make your way into the town of Bridge of Allan.
  • Cross the road at the pelican crossing, located at the Allanwater Café, and then continue to make your way through the town.  Follow this route all the way through the town and out the other side.
  • The main entrance to the University of Stirling is located approximately one mile after leaving Bridge of Allan

Campus leisure routes

There are a range of walks on the scenic campus at Stirling. View more information on Medal Routes



Getting here by bike

Our Stirling campus is very accessible by bicycle. In recent years, the University, in tandem with other agencies such as SUSTRANS, Tactran and Cycling Scotland, has sought to provide greatly improved cycle storage areas across campus. In total there are now some 480 bicycle parking spaces.

Cycling campus map


Part of a joint initiative with Transport Scotland, Forth Environment Link and Stirling Cycle Hub, the Nextbike scheme will provide c.100 hire bikes throughout the Stirling Area including approximately 30 bikes at three locations on Campus (see table below).

Additionally, the University has funded a corporate subscription with Nextbike which will allow all staff and students free use of the scheme and free rental of a bike for the first 1 hour of every ride. A small charge (50p/ ½ hour) will apply for bike rentals longer than one hour. This subscription is being funded from the revenue raised from car parking charges as part of the University’s commitment to green travel initiatives.

After initial registration, staff and students will be able to swipe their staff or student identity card at any of the Stirling or University hubs to rent a bike. It will also be possible to hire a bike at any of the other Nextbike locations throughout the UK, the closest of which is in Glasgow.

Registration is straightforward:

1. Register online

2. Hold card to terminal

3. Enter mobile number and PIN number

Further details on Nextbike locations within Stirling and elsewhere within the UK are available via the following links:

On Campus
Alexander Court
Willow Court 
Cottrell – Mail Room Entrance
Stirling Railway Station
Port Street Stirling
Murray Place Stirling
The Back Walk, Stirling
Castle Business Park
Raploch Community Campus 
Forth Valley College
NHS Forth Valley Community Hospital

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10 additional Nextbike hubs are planned for introduction within the Stirling Area  this Autumn, including Bridge of Allan. Further details to follow shortly.


Getting here by bus

The University of Stirling is served by excellent bus links from Stirling city centre. At peak times some 19 buses per hour run from Stirling to the main University campus. Most bus services to the campus run from either just outside Stirling's Rail Station or a two minute walk away, in Murray Place, making it possible to enjoy an easily integrated public transport journey to the campus.

Regular travellers to and from the University can also enjoy substantially discounted fares on First Group buses by purchasing a weekly FirstWeek ticket. FirstWeek ticket holders can enjoy unlimited travel within their designated travel zone over a period of seven days.

The principal provider of bus services is First Group, which operates the following services to/from the University.

First Bus have designed two mobile phone applications (apps) to help you whilst you’re on the move; both are available for iPhone and Android phones:

First Bus App

Using the First Bus app, you can obtain timetable and Real Time information, service updates and news about First Bus services sent straight to your phone.

mTickets App

The mTickets App enables you to purchase bus tickets using your phone. Once registered for mTicketing, simply buy your ticket, activate it for the day or week required, show your ticket to the bus driver and away you go!

Further details here:


FirstBus operate the following services to the University – Unilink (UL), 54/54A, 58, 62 and 63.
Timetables for these services

This also includes details of the night service which operates on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

Bus travel from Edinburgh
Bus Travel from Glasgow


Getting here by train

Our central location, at the very heart of Scotland, ensures that students, staff and visitors enjoy excellent rail services to and from the city of Stirling. Regular services run from Edinburgh and Glasgow, which are both key interchanges for the rest of the UK national rail network. Those travelling from the North can get to Stirling via Scotrail services from Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth.

Visit Scotrail for fares, timetables and journey information.
Visit for more information and journey-planning.

Our Stirling campus is a pleasant walk from both Stirling city centre and from Bridge of Allan rail station. (If travelling to the University by train you can get off the train at either Stirling rail station – a better option if you intend to continue your journey to campus by bus or taxi – or Bridge of Allan rail station, which is closer if walking / cycling to campus).

Travelling between train stations and the campus

Walking from the rail stations

  • From Stirling Rail Station (approx 40 minutes walk)
  • From Bridge of Allan Rail Station (approx 25 minutes walk)
  • See the 'Walking' section for route suggestions.

Cycling from the rail stations

Staff, students and visitors commuting to campus by train should note that, on most Scotrail services, bikes will be transported free of charge. See the 'Cycling' section for route suggestions.

If travelling by train, cyclists can either alight at either Stirling Rail Station or Bridge of Allan Rail Station, and, from there, enjoy a relaxed cycle journey on to the campus.

By bus from Stirling station

  • Unilink ‘shuttle’ service: Stirling City – University of Stirling – Stirling City
  • 53: Whins of Milton – University (via Stirling City Centre)
  • 54: Stirling - Stirling (via Cornton, Bridge of Allan, University, Causewayhead)
  • 54A: Stirling - Stirling (via Causewayhead, University, Bridge of Allan, Cornton)

Getting here by car

We encourage everyone coming to the University to use sustainable transport.

Visitors to the campus should note that at certain times, during semester, demand for car parking spaces may exceed supply. Visitors are therefore strongly encouraged to consider as alternatives:

  • using the excellent public transport links to and from Stirling or Bridge of Allan;
  • cycling from Stirling or Bridge of Allan using one of the 20 Nextbike cycle hubs distributed around the Stirling/Bridge of Allan Area (first hour’s hire, free for students and staff);
  • walking from Stirling or Bridge of Allan to the University, getting some exercise and seeing the University's beautiful surroundings first hand.

Parking for visitors

Visitor parking charges apply Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm all year excluding Christmas & New Year’s Day. Pay & Display machines are in operation within all campus car parks and accept payments by cash or debit/credit card. It is also now possible to pay by phone using the RingGo mobile app or by dialling the number advertised on machines/selected car park signage. Pay & Display rates are as follows:

  • Up to 1 hour – £1.00
  • 1 - 3 hours - £2.00
  • 3 - 5 hours – £3.00
  • 5+ hours - £5.00

The following points should also be noted:

  • Blue Badge holders are not required to Pay & Display
  • Additional text messaging services apply for RingGo services
  • Where vehicles do not have a ‘Pay & Display’ ticket displayed and/or are otherwise in breach of the University’s Traffic & Parking Regulations (e.g. parking on double yellow lines or in disabled bays, etc.), a Private Parking Notice (PPN) will be issued requiring a payment of £60 to the University’s car parking enforcement partner, First Parking LLP.  This sum will be reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days of the date of the notice.  Failure to pay a PPN to First Parking LLP within 28 days of the date of issue, will result in further action to recover the full amount due, including any further costs that may be incurred.

The University’s Traffic and Parking Regulations, along with a list of Car Parking FAQs can be accessed by clicking the relevant links below or by calling in person, at Main Receptions or the Car Parking Office (see below).

Car parking frequently asked questions  Traffic Parking Regulations (PDF)

Queries regarding any aspect of car parking on campus can be directed to the Car Parking Office, Cottrell Building, Room 4Z2 (Tel: 01786 466065)

Car sharing

Where travelling by car to the University is the only feasible option, all drivers are encouraged to car share, even if this is only possible occasionally. The University is a member of the national Liftshare car-sharing scheme and for staff and students, it also operates its own private, web-based car sharing scheme.

Register now to save up to £1000 per year in travelling costs.


University students and staff also now have the option to create their own individual travel plan. Called ‘My Personal Travel Plan’ (MyPTP), journeys can be tailored to suit individual requirements and take account of all available travel options, including use of the cars/car-sharing. Further details on MyPTP: 

New for 2017/18 is the introduction of designated car-share spaces for those staff/student drivers carrying 2 or more people. Located in close proximity to main building entrances, there are 20 such spaces within the following car parks:

  • Cottrell Main (‘Y’ Entrance)
  • Logie
  • RG Bomont
  • Pathfoot  (Front Entrance)
  • Pathfoot (Rear Entrance)

These spaces will remain reserved for car sharers 9am-10.30am daily, Monday-Friday or as may be varied from time to time and advertised accordingly

Visitors to campus are encouraged to do their bit for the environment, ease congestion and save fuel costs by car sharing. Visitors to campus can find potential car sharing partners by logging on to tactran liftshare.

Driving directions

Directions for Driving to the University's Stirling Campus

Visitors to the University who choose to bring their car should note the following directions:

  • From the East, South or West take the M9 to Junction 11. At the junction, there is a roundabout which marks the end of the M9. From here you should take the exit for Bridge of Allan, follow the road through the town itself, and after about 200 metres you will find the University entrance on the left.
  • From the North take the A9 to the same roundabout and follow the same route through Bridge of Allan as above.

Electric Vehicles

There are 2 electric vehicle charging stations located within Cottrell Main Car Park and at the rear of the Pathfoot Building. These chargers are available for all electric vehicle owners. The 4 designated spaces allowing up to 4 cars to recharge simultaneously are reserved for electric vehicles only.

Electricity is provided free-of-charge. However, users are still required to display a valid parking permit or Pay & Display ticket. A maximum charging time of 4 hours applies following which time users are requested to move their vehicles to an alternative designated parking space. 

Further general information on electric vehicle charging is available from

Park and ride

There are two park and ride sites in Stirling, situated at Castleview and Springkerse, with buses every 12 minutes to and from Stirling city centre.  From Stirling city centre, you can access First Bus routes UL, 54, 54A, 58, 62, 63 and X39, all of which come on to the Stirling campus.

Parking for staff and students

Staff and students wishing to park on campus should note that they must:

  • Apply for and display a valid car parking permit and in the case of ‘Pay as you go’ permits purchase and display a valid ‘Pay & Display’ parking ticket.
  • Park in a designated parking space.

Possession of a valid permit does not guarantee a parking space.

What parking permit options are available?

  • Standard/Full year permit (Staff and Students)
  • Pay-as-you-go permit (Staff and Students)
  • Half-Year Permit (Students only)
  • Resident Student Permit

Apply for a parking permit using the University portal (you must be a current student or member of staff to be able to view this page)

Parking for first year students resident on campus
If you are a first year student and resident on campus you are not permitted to bring a car onto campus.

Frequently asked questions and regulations

 (PDF) Car Parking FAQ


Flights to Scotland

You can fly to either Edinburgh or Glasgow Airports from a wide range of international and domestic airports. It may be the case, however, that if you are flying in from a country that does not go direct to either of these airports that your journey will have to go via one of the London airports. There are very regular shuttle flights to both Glasgow and Edinburgh from London.

Frequent coach transfers are available from each of the two airports to their respective city centres. From there, visitors can access the frequent and reliable train services which run to Stirling from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

If you are an international student flying in to Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport, then you may want to take advantage of the University's Airport Pickup Service. (Coach Transfer from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh city centre.) (Coach transfer from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow city centre)

If you are planning to drive, Glasgow Airport is approximately a 1  hour 20 minute drive to the University campus while Edinburgh Airport is  a 45 minute drive.


Planning your journey

Our Stirling campus, located at the heart of central Scotland, enjoys excellent public transport links and is easily accessible on foot, by bike, by bus and by train or by most combinations of the above travel methods.

Useful mapping websites

Public transport and journey planning

Driving directions


Where to stay

 Stirling Court Hotel

Stirling Court Hotel (formerly Stirling Management Centre) is a purpose built conference and management training centre with quality restaurant / bar facilities and accommodation.

Hotels nearby

There is also a range of accommodation in nearby Bridge of Allan and Stirling

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