Stirling is a city where many daily trips are within walking distance, and there is easy and convenient access to attractive open spaces and sites of historic interest.
The city offers:
a good network of existing paths
routes of historic and cultural interest
a relatively flat environment
a pedestrianised City Centre
relatively low traffic levels compared to many other urban areas.
Walkit is an urban walking route planner that covers Stirling (including Bannockburn, Cambusbarron, Bridge of Allan and Cambuskenneth). The planner will help you find your best route between A and B or you can ask it to find a route within a radius of a set location if you're looking for a 30 minute lunchtime walk for example. It will also calculate your approximate steps, calories burned, route gradient and will also give you step free routes if you want. It's available online and also comes as an app available from Apple App Store and Google Play.
Stirling Heritage Trails is a community driven project and gives you the chance to explore seven areas of Stirling. Interpretation boards guide you through aspects of local history and stories gathered from local residents. The website gives you lots of information on the trails and trail leaflets are also available from outlets in Stirling.
Stirling Walking Network
Stirling Walking Network offer a fun and easy way to get fit as well as meet friends. The project is made up of volunteer led walks in local communities from gentle strolls to more strenuous walks so you can increase and maintain your fitness. Find out more information and download the most recent programme to see if it's for you.
Walking is great way of keeping fit and can contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
- Walking requires no specialist equipment or expense and is the most accessible way for people from all walks of life to become more active.
- Regular physical activity can lead to a stronger, healthier heart, which can help protect against heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
- Regular walking can reduce your risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis.
- Walking can increase confidence, improve stamina and increase energy levels.
- Walking can also help weight control and promotes a more positive frame of mind.
If you are new to walking or would like to get back out again, Stirling Walking Network may be something to help you on your way. They offer a range of walks from gentle strolls to more strenuous walks.
The Stirling area offers a variety of opportunities for walking and we have more information available on how to take access in the area. If you are looking for ideas for local walks, you may like to pick up one of our Community Paths Leaflets. These cover Stirling, Bannockburn and Cambusbarron, Eastern Villages, , Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Doune and Deanston, and Gargunnock. Please contact the Ranger Service if you would like or copy.
The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gives the right of responsible non motorised access (but allows for mobility scooters) to most land and inland water in Scotland. This responsible right of access extends to walking and also includes taking your dog for a walk.
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code explains how you can take responsible access when out walking. It gives useful advice and guidance on how to act when faced with different situations.
The Stirling Area Local Access Forum has also put together the 'Enjoy Stirling's Outdoors - Your Guide to Responsible Access' leaflet to help you on your way.
If you're heading to the hills, remember that this is a working environment. You can also get useful information if you are planning a day in the hills by using the the Hillphones website.