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Stirling Area Guide

Stirling Old Bridge, Stirling Image courtesy of Flickr user Stirling Council

Stirling, known as the Gateway to the Highlands, was granted city status in 2002 as part of the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations. It became Scotland's sixth city (Perth has since become the seventh). Stirling is a very significant place in terms of Scottish history; it was the country's capital for a part of the 14th century and was constantly a target for Viking and English invaders. The legendary Scots, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace both won victories in and around the then town. The city's spectacular castle was home to the Stuart Kings of Scotland as well as to Mary Queen of Scots. The city's Church of the Holy Rude lays claim to the fact that it is the only church other than Westminster Abbey to have held a coronation (before the Union of the English and Scottish crowns in 1603).

Demographics

As previously stated, Stirling is one of seven cities in Scotland. The city is Scotland's smallest with a population of around 34,000. It sits inside the wider county (and former burgh) of Stirling, which has a population of some 90,000. That population figure from the 2011 census indicates a 4% increase since the last census in 2001. Of the resident population, 98% of the city and 98.5% of the council area claimed to be White British and although this makes the city one of the least ethnically diverse in the whole of the UK, it does sit in line with the Scottish national average.

There were 17,245 households in Stirling according to the 2001 census of which 61.5% were owner occupied. This is slightly lower than the Scottish average of 63%. The average house price in Stirling fell by 7.6% in 2012 to around £182,000, but this still remains around £23,000 above the Scottish national average.

Education

There are 40 primary schools and 7 secondary schools in the Stirling council area and this was the 3rd best performing authority area in Scotland in terms of the percentage of secondary school leavers with 5 or more Scottish Highers (21%). The area also has the 4th best performing school in Scotland, Dunblane High School, which achieved an outstanding 39% in the same category.

The University of Stirling was established in 1967 and at that time it was Scotland's first new university since the foundation of the University of Edinburgh in 1582. The University has consistently been in the top 50 universities in the UK and it boasts the well-known author Iain Banks amongst its alumni.

Transport

Stirling is centrally located within Scotland and is, as such, less than an hour's drive from more than 50% of the country's population. The M9/A9 links Stirling to Edinburgh and the M80 links it to Glasgow which are 50 and 30 miles away respectively.

3 direct services connect the city by rail to Glasgow and 2 per hour connect it to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. There are also regular services to Dundee, Inverness and Aberdeen. There are regular buses and coaches - National Express and Scottish Citylink - connecting the city centre to the rest of the county as well as to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

For air travel to and from Stirling, the nearest airports are Edinburgh, Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick, which are 20-45 minutes away from their respective cities, where people can then travel easily on to Stirling by rail or coach.

Amenities and Shopping

There are plenty of shopping areas throughout the city from the main high street on Murray Place and Port Street to the souvenir shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants of the city's historic old town. For people who want something a bit different, try one of Stirling's infamous ghost walks!

As well as shopping, you cannot visit Stirling without paying a visit to Bannockburn, the site of one of Scotland's most decisive victories over the English in the First War of Scottish Independence. Do not miss out the monument to "Braveheart" himself, William Wallace at the National Wallace Memorial.

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