MP Welcomes New Stirling Sightseer Tour in City's 900th Birthday Year

1 month ago Mon 27th May 2024

Stirling bus

Discovering the stories and landmarks of the historic city of Stirling will be a breeze this summer – as the all-new Stirling Sightseer open-top bus tour was launched by local bus operator Midland Bluebird and Alyn Smith MP.

The new tour will run every day from this Monday, May 27, until the end of September, and will provide a hop-on, hop-off flexible way to discover Stirling’s story, as the city celebrates 900 years since the Royal Burgh of Stirling was founded by King David I in 1124.

Bus operator Midland Bluebird, part of the McGill’s Bus Group owned by Scottish tycoons Sandy & James Easedale, is launching the Stirling Sightseer Tour, which will follow a circular route taking in all the city’s must-see landmarks including Stirling Castle, the Beheading Stone, the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling Old Bridge across the River Forth, Bridge of Allan and the National Wallace Monument.

Timetables and fare details are available at with buses running every hour, every day and with ticket prices starting at £6 each – and Midland Bluebird says Sightseer Tour tickets will include travel on its frequent X36 SWIFT and 56 routes between Stirling and Bannockburn, to give sightseers easy access to The Battle of Bannockburn Experience, which tells the fascinating story of Robert the Bruce on the site of his greatest victory using digital technology to recreate the sights and sounds of medieval battle.

Stirling MP Alyn Smith said: “Stirling Sightseer is a wonderful addition to the city from Midland Bluebird, helping visitors to sample just some of the fantastic history, culture and heritage Stirling has to offer. We’re truly blessed to have such a vibrant tourism sector, and that’s down to the hard work and dedication of local businesses, organisations and engaged stakeholders such as McGill’s. I look forward to seeing the open-top bus in action – and more power to your collective elbows!’

McGill’s Bus Group Managing Director Alex Hornby said: “As a proud, local Scottish company, we are thrilled to be introducing this exciting new Stirling Sightseer tour in a year when this incredible, historic city is celebrating 900 years of history as a Royal Burgh.

“Stirling has many landmarks to see, but the hilly nature of the city can make it a challenge to get around, especially for those less able to walk.

“Our new tour will take sightseers up to the Castle entrance, saving that climb up Castlehill – and to more great attractions including The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, home to The Stirling Story, an interactive exhibition tracing the people and events that earned this city an important place in Scotland’s story.

“We also take in the historic spa town of Bridge of Allan, with shops, restaurants and a proud heritage to discover – and the National Wallace Monument, where we connect with a free shuttle bus taking visitors right up to the Monument with stunning views across the city and beyond.

“We’re looking forward to bringing all the best views and landmarks in this great city together in an accessible and memorable experience for all the family to enjoy.”

Details of the new tour are available online at