Conference Postponed

6/9/21 –  In light of recent developments, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s International School Grounds Alliance conference until February 2022. Read the full statement from our Scotland Director here.

Welcome to Stirling, Scotland

We’re delighted that you’re interested in attending this year’s ISGA Conference in person in Stirling. Find out more about why we’ve chosen Stirling, the exclusive in-person conference events we can offer, how to get here and where to stay.

Why Stirling?

The first ISGA Conference was hosted in Winchester, England by Learning through Landscapes in 2010, and the UK has a long history of improving school grounds and access to outdoor learning.

In recent years, Scotland in particular has driven strong development of policy, curriculum and practice in outdoor learning and play and now places outdoor learning at the heart of its Curriculum for Excellence. Scotland’s Standards for Teacher Registration also requires all teachers to actively seek outdoor learning opportunities, and daily free play in nature has been made a right of all children in Scotland.

We’re excited to hear from Scotland-based speakers throughout the conference about their challenges and achievements in this process, as Scotland aspires to become ‘the best place to grow up’.

Stirling is situated in the very heart of Scotland and is a gateway between the wild and remote Highlands to the North and busy lowland cities to the South.
Steeped in history and with nature close by, there’s plenty to see and do – from discovering the spectacular scenery of the many local lochs and forests, to exploring the grandeur of Stirling Castle or the medieval ‘top of the town’.

Ready to book?

Find out more about the range of conference tickets we have available.

In-Person Conference Events

As part of your ISGA Conference experience, why not join us to explore the wonders of Stirling?

We’re teaming up with Creative Stirling to offer you access to the best of the city’s arts and crafts in an exclusive event at Made In Stirling. Watch this space for further details, as well as more in-person networking opportunities and exclusive events, coming very soon.

How to Get Here

In partnership with Culture Stirling and Stirling Council, the main base for the ISGA Conference will be the Tolbooth Arts centre, situated in the historic ‘top of the town’.

Stirling has direct rail links with Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, and can be easily accessed by road from around the UK. Find out more about travelling to Stirling .

The easiest ways to get around Stirling are by bus, bike or on foot – you can even download the free Explore Stirling App to find out more about local routes. There is also a park and ride service that regularly runs through the city centre.

The Tolbooth Arts Centre is accessible by bus and on foot, and is a 10-minute walk from Stirling railway station. Car parking is available nearby, but there is no parking at the venue other than disabled access.

Due to ongoing and ever-changing travel restrictions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we would advise you to regularly check the Scottish Government Travel Rules and, if relevant, the equivalent rules of the country you’re travelling from.

If you have any questions or need any additional support with your travel arrangements, please contact us on 01786 465 934 or

Where to Stay

We would encourage you to stay within Stirling or in the nearby towns of Bridge of Allan or Dunblane, as both have fast and direct public transport links to the city. Find out more about all three and the accommodation on offer.

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