The Stirling area
Stirling lies in the heart of Scotland, approximately 40 miles from Edinburgh and 30 miles from Glasgow. It lies in a unique setting, where mountains and crags rise steeply from the lowland greenery of rolling hills and farmland alongside the winding river Forth. It is the gateway to The Trossachs, Scotland’s first national park, and is an ideal base for exploring the whole of Scotland.
Dominated by the impressive castle perched on top of an extinct volcano, Stirling is home to approximately 100,000 people. The Old Town with its cobbled streets is full of exquisite architecture such as the Church of the Holy Rude, The Old Town Jail and several historic houses. It was in Stirling that William Wallace, popularised in the film “Braveheart”, and Robert the Bruce won independence for Scotland. The Wallace Monument, a 220 foot high memorial situated on top of the Abbey Craig hill, is a prominent feature of the Stirling skyline.
Cosmopolitan and Vibrant
Modern Stirling has the buzz and vibrancy you would expect from a cosmopolitan University city. There are two cinemas, two theatres, art galleries, museums and regular live music performances including the famous T in the Park and BIG in Falkirk, close by. For sports enthusiasts, the 50m pool and sports club at the University and the newly-opened Peak leisure facility offer a range of sports, exercise classes and gyms. Stirling’s central location makes it a popular shopping destination. The Thistles and Marches shopping centres house the High Street names, with independent shops and boutiques available in the suburbs of Bridge of Allan, Dunblane and Doune.
Excellent Transport Links
Stirling is served by a mainline railway station which has half-hourly trains to both Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as links to Perth and Aberdeen in the North. The international airports of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick airports are within easy reach, the closest being Edinburgh, only 30 miles away. There is also a good public transport system in the City of Stirling. One of the best ways to explore this scenic heartland of Scotland and the flat Carse of Stirling is by cycling or walking.
For more information on the Stirling area and events, please call us on 01786 841573 or go to www.visitstirling.org
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- “Many different types of buns and bread are made in the bakery. Favourites within the community are cheese buns and date scones. Focaccia and croissants are also a favourite with the staff on a Friday.” Zsolt Egerszegi (Bakery workshop Leader)