Stirling’s bus service has gone downhill recently and no one likes forking out £1.50 for a return ticket to uni so all hail the sunny weather that makes the 35-40min walk from town to uni a very pleasant alternative.
There isn’t just one route though… To avoid the busy Causewayhead Road way, head down to the very far end of Riverside and cross the pedestrian bridge that lands you in quaint little Cambuskenneth village complete with its very own Abbey.
After crossing the bridge, carry on straight ahead until you reach Ladysneuk Road where you should turn left. On your right you’ll see the Abbey so you may fancy a little detour through the pretty grounds.
Ladysneuk Road is also home to the village pub – the Abbey Inn – that the flatmates and I give thumbs up for a quiet weekend meal and pint venue. Last weekend was their annual seafood weekend so we popped in to feast on possibly the freshest fish, langoustines etc. ever in Stirling. Completely different from what you’d find in the centre of town, the pub’s frequented by friendly village locals, most much older than the average student.
If you’re not too distracted by the pub, carry on down the same road, through the fields and admire the stunning views over the river and two of Scotland’s many popular tourist attractions – the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle.
You’ll cross a railroad at one point and soon after you’ll find yourself at the Alloa Road junction where you should turn left, pass the children’s playground and then Corrieri’s, an Italian-inspired cafe famed for its ice-creams, snack foods and fish & chips (another tasty distraction).
From there onwards it’s just straight ahead until you see the uni to your right. For a longer weekend walk, add another 10-15mins on to your walk and find yourself in the posh town of Bridge of Allan with plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to dine in.
– Miss Red