Travel to Stirling

Stirling is in the centre of Scotland and east-west and north-south routes in Scotland pass through Stirling.  As a result, Stirling is well-connected to the main cities of Scotland and to the rest of the United Kingdom and beyond.

By Air
The most convenient international airport is Edinburgh.  From the airport catch the airport bus to Haymarket Railway Station or the tram to Edinburgh Park Railway Station from where you can catch the train to Stirling.

By Train
Stirling is on the rail network with regular trains from Edinburgh and Glasgow.  There are also direct services from London, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness.  The railway station (a stunner of 1913 by James Miller) is handy for the city centre and The Engine Shed, the conference venue, is just across the tracks.

By Coach
There is an hourly non-stop coach service from Glasgow and Edinburgh, taking 40 minutes and 1 hour respectively, as well as regular bus services to other Scottish cities and towns such as Dundee, St Andrews and Perth.

By Car
Stirling is linked to Scotland’s motorway and trunk road network including the M9/A9 to Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness and the M80 to Glasgow.  Check with your accommodation provider about parking (limited in the city centre).

Delegates will need to book their own accommodation; advance or saver rates at local hotels are already available.  We suggest the Stirling City Centre Premier Inn or Travelodge, both very close to Stirling Railway Station and The Engine Shed.  For a more traditional stay, try the Golden Lion, for more luxury, the Stirling Highland Hotel. For those on a budget, Stirling Youth Hostel has shared and private rooms, all en-suite.  As the BLF gathering coincides with the Bloody Scotland crime-writing festival, we recommend booking your accommodation and travel early!

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