Though it's a small city, renting a car allows you to get around with minimal fuss...
A former capital of Scotland, Stirling was granted city status in 2002, making it one of the nation's newest cities. It might be a fledgling city, but everything about Stirling screams history, heritage and tradition. Framed by tree-clad mountains, this attractive destination grabs the attention of visitors with a number of popular attractions, including the National Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle, which is perched atop a hill on the edge of the city.
It's a 10-minute drive from the heart of Stirling to the National Wallace Monument, so having a car means you don't have to rely on public transport to get to one of the area's most popular attractions. You cannot miss this impressive tower, which perfectly exposes the truths and myths that surround Sir William Wallace, Scotland's “Braveheart”. He fought during the Wars of Scottish Independence, including a notable battle at Stirling Bridge. He was tortured and killed a few years before the Battle of Bannockburn took place, though the battle site is within easy reach of Stirling (a 10-minute drive) and well worth a visit.
The tales told within the walls of Stirling Castle date back even further than the major skirmishes in the fields surrounding the city. It's easy to reach the castle from the city centre, though if you're staying in a hotel on the outskirts of Stirling, you might want to use your car to drive to the ancient site.
Collecting your rental car in Stirling is straightforward. Simply book your vehicle in advance and pick up from a convenient downtown location in the city. For the best deals on car hire, use the TravelSupermarket search tool.
When you book car rental, Stirling becomes a wonderful base from which to discover Scotland's treasures...
And what treasures you'll find. The eastern reaches of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park can be reached within a 30-minute drive of Stirling. If you visit and don't end up with rosy cheeks and a lungful of fresh air then you're doing it wrong. This is the place to walk, cycle, sail or trek on horseback to see some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in all of bonny Scotland. Look out for birds of prey among the slopes; feel the damp chill under emerald-green tree canopies that completely shroud you in nature; touch the scars of history along old railway lines; and taste Scottish produce at one of the park's thriving towns and villages: you are certain to get in touch with your senses when you visit this magical spot.
City lovers needn't miss out on all the fun during breaks in Stirling. Though Stirling itself is home to plenty of excellent bars, restaurants and shops, you can get in your car and be in Glasgow within 45 minutes or in Edinburgh in under an hour.
Glasgow has a deserved reputation as a shopping mecca, though its museums and art galleries also lure visitors.
Edinburgh, meanwhile, is the star city break destination of Scotland and driving and parking here is hassle-free. See the city's own stunning castle, amble along the Royal Mile or visit Holyrood House.
All of this and much, much more is close at hand when you book car rental in Stirling with TravelSupermarket.