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A Stirling Time!

A January 2005 trip to Stirling by fizzytom

Quote: What to do and see and where to stay and eat on a whistle-stop visit to one of Scotland's most historic and picturesque cities

A Stirling Time!

Overview

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Visit the castle to take in pure history, great exhibitions, and loads of people of all ages.

Stirling has a wealth of small independent boutiques and stores - whether you are a spender or a window-shopper, Stirling is paradise.

Enjoy a pint at Nicky Tam's Bar and Bothy, a real gem for alternative music lovers, real ale drinkers, and those just looking for somewhere quirky.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

Stirling is easily negotiated on foot, although it might be a good idea to get the local bus service (to the university) out to the castle. For local towns of interest, the train service to/from Edinburgh covers the area well.

The Cross Keys

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Hotel

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This accommodation comprises a handful of small to medium-sized rooms above a pub of the same name. On arrival, you present yourself at the bar and are given two keys - one for your room and one for the front door, which is found at the side of the pub. No one takes you to the room, and no one tells you what time or where breakfast is served. The corridors and staircases are quite bare and the carpets a little shabby, but the rooms are more appealing, if a little unfinished in places (some of the tiling in our en suite shower room was unfinished). The bed, though, was comfortable, and the bedding was nicely fresh although there wasn't much room for any other furniture. It may be churli...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 17, 2005

The Cross Keys
Queens Street
Stirling, Scotland
01786 448435

Alexander the Great

Restaurant

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Alexander the Great is a terrific Greek restaurant in the heart of historic Stirling. It is one big room, tastefully decorated with some monor nods to Greek style with sunny yellow walls, a painted frieze of a rural Greek scene and plants trailing over tasteful faux columns. Service is excellent - friendly and very knowledgeable. We were in two minds about what to order but the helpful waitress made sure we didn't order too much, recommending the full meze. We were given a bowl of mixed olives as soon as we arrived and nibbled on these as we looked at the menu and chose some wine, settling for the house Greek red - excellent value at about £14. First they brought the vegetarian starters - stuffed vine...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 13, 2006

Alexander the Great
5 Baker Street
Stirling, Scotland FK8 1BJ
01786 446 277

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Popular with students but by no means exclusive, Nicky Tams Bar and Bothy looks like a traditional little place but, in reality, is actually cool and surprising. It is housed in an old building which - for several reasons - is alleged to be haunted. Inside it is full of dark timber and is a really cosy affair with real fires burning in winter. The place is quite small but there is an upstairs too. But Nicky Tams has a great jukebox with music spanning all genres and plays host to live music on Wednesday nights and Saturdays from 4 to 6pm - local bands and artists. It also has a well regarded quiz night (alas I have not been to this) and it serves good value meals each day between 12 and 2.30pm - ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2006

Nicky Tams Bar and Bothy
29 Baker Street
Stirling, Scotland FK8 1BJ
+44 (0)1786 472194