Park and ride for Stirling Castle
31 July 2009
EASIER WAY TO VISIT ONE OF SCOTLAND’S GREAT ATTRACTIONS
A park and ride scheme is being introduced to provide visitors with an easy and comfortable way to reach Stirling Castle.
The project is a joint initiative between Historic Scotland and Stirling Council, with the buses provided by Hunters Executive Coaches.
The service will run, Monday to Saturday, from 1st to 31st of August from the Castleview Park and Ride, off Junction 10 of the M9.
Gillian MacDonald, Historic Scotland Stirling Castle manager, said: “This is great news for visitors as it means they have a quick, easy and regular bus service to and from the castle.
“At the peak of the season the castle can be very busy and this will mean fewer delays and less time spent finding a parking space on the castle esplanade.
“I firmly believe that this joint project with the council will bring benefits all round, not least by reducing congestion at busy times.
“It will also mean that visitors from outwith the city don’t have to find their way through unfamiliar city streets.”
A 29-seater bus will run every 20 minutes from 9am to 6pm.
Stirling Council’s portfolio holder with responsibility for economy, Councillor Scott Farmer, said: “This project is designed to benefit visitors to the castle and the city by improving access and reducing the amount of traffic in the centre of Stirling.
“We hope it will also mean that more visitors will take the opportunity to visit the city centre rather than simply getting in their cars and driving home again once they have seen the castle.”
Return tickets will cost £1 for adults and 50p for under 16s – national bus passes will also be accepted.
The park and ride will be signposted from the motorway and main roads.
The project is being run on a trial basis and may be operated again next year if it proves successful.
Visitors will still be able to use the castle car park where the price per car is £2.
Notes for editors
- Stirling Castle is at the head of the historic Old Town, off the M9 at junction 9 or 10. Telephone 01786 450000.
- Tickets are £9 for adults £7 for concessions and £4.50 for children.
- Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places.
- Historic Scotland’s Mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.
- Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.