Stirling has excellent transport links providing a strategic location from which to access Scotland’s world class assets and to access regional, national and international markets. The city’s global accessibility is enhanced by its proximity to both Glasgow and Edinburgh international airports, which are both accessible in 30mins by road, and to Grangemouth’s deep sea container port.
Stirling’ key position on Scotland’s trunk road network also provides access to more than half of the Scottish population within an hour’s drive, and over 80% within 2 hours. In addition to this superb road access, Stirling is a key interchange on Scotland’s rail network and allows quick and efficient rail travel across Scotland and beyond, including a new direct rail link to London.
This connectivity combines with the lowest average costs for commercial land and property of any of the cities in Scotland’s central belt to offer a highly cost-effective and competitive location for businesses across all sectors.
Stirling is situated at the intersection of the M80 from Glasgow and the M9 from Edinburgh, making both cities accessible within a 40 minute drive. This position on the trunk road network at the very centre of Scotland allows quick and efficient access to the rest of Scotland and beyond, making markets, customers and talent easily accessible.
With an annual footfall of just under 3 million passengers, Stirling is one of Scotland’s busiest stations. As a key interchange on the national rail network Stirling provides fast and direct connections across Scotland and beyond.
Three trains per hour connect Stirling to Edinburgh and two per hour connect the city with Glasgow. As a minimum, an hourly service operates between Stirling and the rest of Scotland’s cities with the exception of Inverness for which there are four trains per day.
Virgin East Coast now operates a direct link to London King’s Cross making the UK capital accessible from Stirling in just over 5 hours.
Accessible from Stirling in just half an hour, Edinburgh is Scotland’s busiest airport with over 10 million passengers per year passing through, an average of 28,000 per day.
29 airlines serve over 120 destinations generating just under 300 flights per day, including over 50 per day to and from London.
Within a 40 minute drive from Stirling you can access Glasgow International Airport. Carrying over 7.7 million passengers per year and serving around 110 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa and the Gulf, Glasgow is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport as well as Scotland’s largest charter hub.
Just a 15 minute drive from Stirling, and at the heart of Scotland’s industrial heartland, is Scotland's largest container port at Grangemouth. Approximately 9 million tonnes of cargo are handled through the dock facilities each year. Of this, 2.5 million tonnes is dry cargo, which represents incoming raw materials for Scottish Industry and outgoing finished product.
As Scotland’s main container terminal, the port handles approximately 150,000 containers per year. As much as 30% of Scotland’s gross domestic product (GDP) goes through the port. It is the UK’s largest feeder port and the only one that exports more than it imports.