I recently attended the launch of a new app for visitors to the city of Stirling. The “Explore Stirling” app is designed by Whereverly in partnership with Stirling Council and Your Stirling.
The main purpose of the app is to help visitors of Stirling find points of interest and suggest great walks that will take them through the city. You can download the app for free onto your mobile phone and you will be met with a number of routes to choose from. Pick one and plug in your headphones. Follow the map and at each point you can listen to a short explanation about the place you are standing, historical notes or other interesting information about Stirling.
As well as the walking routes, there are also options for cycling and driving, with routes heading north into the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. These suggested routes will take you out around the city to some of the stunning countryside that Central Scotland has to offer. While on route you can choose to listen to various pieces of music on the app, traditional folk songs and Celtic music. This is ideal for those who don’t know where to start with exploring the area as it is based on local knowledge and the most popular places to visit.
Not sure where to eat? The app includes an option to see local restaurants and coffee shops. It will also allow you to see local places to stay.
A number of people worked on the app from local students at Forth Valley College who helped with recording music, the council, local experts and storytellers and more. It is fair to say that they have done an amazing job and I am sure it will give visitors to the area reason to return again and again to explore every last inch of the city.