With excellent transport links Stirling is an important strategic location from which to access Scotland's world class assets and to access regional, national and international markets.
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 the country and beyond, making markets, customers and talent easily accessible. Conveniently located Park and Ride facilities give ready access to the city centre for car drivers.
To support Scotland’s ambitious low emissions targets, the Stirling area has a number of electric vehicle charging points that suit businesses, residents, commuters and visitors. These include rapid chargers strategically located for charging on-the-go, as well as slow and fast chargers for those spending more time in and around Stirling. A rolling programme of investment will see the introduction of more chargers in the area, including two large charging hubs at Forthside and Castleview Park and Ride. The chargers make up part of the larger Charge Place Scotland Network that provides drivers access to over 1000 charge points across Scotland. Stirling and Dunblane are also on the Electric A9, Scotland’s longest Electric Vehicle-ready route, which stretches from Falkirk to Scrabster.
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 four per hour at peak times 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. Regular trains also operate to London King’s Cross, including direct trains and the famous Caledonian Sleeper, making the UK capital accessible from Stirling in under 6 hours.
Coaches and buses
Together with an extensive local bus network, feeding into a city centre coach and bus station there are coach services from Stirling to Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, as well as other major Scottish cities. These provide reliable and convenient commuter routes into Stirling as well as alternatives for visitors and tourists.
Stirling is expanding its network of city cycle routes to provide the active travel access that modern businesses value. Cycling and walking to work benefits businesses as well as employees and Stirling is supporting this with new routes and an improved bike share offer.
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.
Within a 40 minute drive from Stirling you can access Glasgow International Airport. Glasgow Airport welcomes over 7.7 million passengers per year and serves around 110 destinations.
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.