A friend and I plan to spend a couple of days in Stirling because my son told me that the music sessions (trad & folk) were great there. But Rick Steves' Scotland book doesn't say anything about music in Stirling pubs. My son recommended the Settle Inn but it looks like it has traditional music sessions only on Wednesday night, and we'll be there over the weekend. Anyone know how much music we can find in the pubs in Stirling?
The Stirling F.C. has regular meetings in the Stirling County Rugby Club clubhouse on Mondays. Once or twice a month, they have a performance by a touring folk musician, but most Mondays it's a session. Don't know if you'll still be there on Monday.
The Rugby Club is in Bridgehaugh Park. Maybe you could contact one of the folk club organizers to find out which pubs have trad sessions on other nights. If you have a car, there is an acoustic session on Friday nights in Dunkeld at the Atholl Arms. Also, there's a pretty good chance of live sessions at the Taybank Hotel most nights. That's also in Dunkeld. I think that Dougie Maclean owned one of those hotels years ago. Don't know if he still does.
You could also check the website scottish-folk-music-com if you haven't already done so. You didn't say when you'll be in Stirling, but you could also try the website for The Living Tradition, the Scottish folk music magazine.
Whatever you end up doing, enjoy Stirling, and enjoy the music!
Hi again, Jaffe,
There's a possibility of live music at No. 2 Baker Street in Stirling. I don't know how traditional it would be on the night(s) that you're there, but apparently they do have music at the weekend.