Venue and Accommodation


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This page provides information on:  Venue, Getting to Stirling, Accommodation, and Things to Do

 

Conference Venue

The Conference will be held in the Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling. The Pathfoot Building is immediately on your left as you enter the main university entrance, you can alight from the bus at this first stop after you enter the campus, otherwise the bus will stop outside the MacRobert centre and you will have to walk back to the Pathfoot. A campus map can be downloaded here.

 

Getting to Stirling

By air

You can fly to either Edinburgh or Glasgow Airports from a wide range of international and domestic airports. There are also very regular shuttle flights from London to both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

 

From Edinburgh airport

Airport Taxi: Taxis are located on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park opposite the main terminal building. The journey will be approximately 50 minutes and cost about £50. Especially if you are in a group, you may wish to pre-book this, where you can get an instant online quote for different group sizes (e.g. 8 people minibus for £86 from Edinburgh Airport to Stirling University)

https://www.airporttaxis-uk.co.uk/Edinburgh

Public Transport: A tram service runs from the Airport every 8-12 minutes. Single fare is £5.50, or an open-ended return fare is £8.50. Tickets can be bought at the airport tram station; a covered walkway connects the airport terminal and the tram stop. Take the tram to Edinburgh Park train station (5th stop) and from here you can connect with trains to Stirling, which run approximately every 30 minutes and cost £8.10 for a single ticket. Journey time is approximately 40 minutes, departure times can be checked using the following journey planner: https://www.scotrail.co.uk/

From Stirling railway station you will find taxis waiting outside – ask for the Pathfoot Building at the University – it takes about 10 minutes and costs between £7-10. Alternatively, you can take a bus to the campus from the bus stop opposite Stirling train station (cross the road at the traffic lights and walk to the right: bus number 54 or 62, journey time 15 minutes, single ticket £2.70.

 

From Glasgow airport

Public transport: the Glasgow Shuttle bus service runs into the city centre every 10min (directly outside from Domestic Arrivals; if you come out of International Arrivals, turn left either outside or inside the terminal building and walk for 1- 2min to reach the bus departure point). It costs £7 (or £9.50 for a return ticket, valid for a month) and takes 21min to reach Queen St Station, which is the 3rd stop from the airport. From Queen Street, you can catch a train to Stirling, which leave twice an hour and currently will take around an hour (tunnel engineering works means this journey is 20min slower than the usual 40min trip). Tickets can be bought at the station and cost £8.00. Departure times can be checked using the following journey planner: https://www.scotrail.co.uk/

From Stirling railway station you will find taxis waiting outside – ask for the Pathfoot Building at the University – it takes about 10 minutes and costs between £7-10. Alternatively, you can take a bus to the campus from the bus stop opposite Stirling train station (cross the road at the traffic lights and walk to the right: bus number 54 or 62, journey time 15 minutes, single ticket £2.70.

Airport Taxi: the taxi rank is next to the Bus departure point. Taxi to Stirling costs about £55 and is about a 50min journey. Especially if you are in a group, you may wish to pre-book this, where you can get an instant online quote for different group sizes (e.g. 8 people minibus for £88 from Glasgow Airport to Stirling University)

https://www.airporttaxis-uk.co.uk/Glasgow

 

By car

If you’re driving from the south (including Glasgow and Edinburgh), the easiest route is to stay on the M9 to its end, passing exits to Stirling. At the roundabout, head right into Bridge of Allan. Drive straight through Bridge of Allan and the University will be on the left. After entering the campus, the Pathfoot Building can be reached by taking the first left and then first left again. To reach the Stirling Court Hotel from the University entrance, keep straight until you reach a mini-roundabout, then bear right. Parking on campus is free during the conference.

 

Accommodation

A range of accommodation options are available on campus, all within a 5 minute walk from the Pathfoot Building.

Booking University accommodation should be done from the Registration page (it can be done at the same time or separately from when you register). With the exception of Stirling Court Hotel, we can extend your visit into the weekend after the conference. To take this opportunity, select the appropriate option from the list when you register. Rates in Fraser House and Pendreich Way are reduced over the weekend. (Those staying in Stirling Court Hotel who wish to stay over the weekend should contact the Organiser, we may be able to offer a room in one of the other accommodation types.)

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From left: Stirling Court Hotel,  Willow Court, Fraser House, Pendreich Way.

Stirling Court Hotel

On-campus conference centre and hotel. 20 rooms available from 1 August for 5 nights. £75 per person per night, double bedroom and breakfast (double occupancy £79/room/night).

Willow Court

Our mid-level accommodation. Completed in 2013, Willow Court offers modern single bedrooms, each with ensuite shower room. Blocks of 10 bedrooms have additional access to a communal kitchen/living room equipped with cookers, fridges, freezers, microwave, toaster, kettle and TV. A café and laundry are on the ground floor. 70 rooms available from 1 August (for 5, 6 or 7 nights). £45 per person, per night, bed and breakfast.

Fraser House

Single standard bedrooms within 5-bedroom flats. Each flat has a communal kitchen/dining area and shared shower/WC facilities. 50 rooms available from 1 August (for 5, 6 or 7 nights). £31 per person per night, room only (reduced weekend rate available – £20/night).

Pendreich Way

Students who are presenting as first authors (SFA) will mostly be housed in these Scandinavian style, timber chalets. Each chalet has an open-plan kitchen/living room equipped with cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave and kettle and shared shower/WC facilities. 50 rooms available, Mon-Fri nights (normally £25 per person per night but ISHE covers cost for SFA). A reduced weekend rate is available to those wishing to stay for Saturday and/or Sunday – £20 flat-rate, whether you stay for one or two nights). Small number of twin rooms available for couples.

 

Off-campus accommodation

Additional accommodation is available off-campus in nearby Bridge of Allan or Causewayhead (20-25min walk from University) or Stirling (about 3 miles from campus). A good range of nearby hotel and Bed & Breakfast options can be seen here.  In Stirling, further options including Premier Inn and Holiday Inn.

 

Things to do while you’re here

Stirling is a historic and beautiful city located in Scotland’s central belt, and close to a variety of popular tourist destinations such as Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the Falkirk WheelDoune Castle, and for whisky lovers, Deanston Distillery. Within walking distance of the conference venue, the Wallace Monument is a must-see attraction, and we will visit Stirling Castle as part of the social programme.

If you can, extend your stay for a post-conference trip on Saturday to the Trossachs National Park (see Programme), or until Sunday 7th August to experience the traditional annual Bridge of Allan Highland Games (the showground is a 10 min walk from the university), featuring competitive Highland Dancing, massed Pipe Bands, tossing the caber, and much much more.

Highland-Games

For more information on Stirling and what it offers, see Visit Scotland and Destination Stirling

Further afield, one – three day coach tours of Scotland are easy to book and reasonably priced. And the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are within an hour’s train journey. In August each year, Edinburgh hosts the Edinburgh Festival and The Festival Fringe