With a University, a castle, a charming medieval Old Town, and rolling green hills, Stirling is an historically important and fascinating Scottish city.
Known as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’, it has also been described as “the brooch which clasps the Highlands and the Lowlands together.” It was once the capital of Scotland, and due to its strategic position it was prone to invasion from time-to-time. In fact, according to local legend, a wolf would howl to warn the townspeople of an impending Viking attack. No need to worry now; there won’t be any pillaging, or howling for that matter.
City status was granted in 2002, as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, but this has long been a crucial and celebrated part of the Kingdom of Scotland, having been named a Royal Burgh in 1130 by King David the first.
Stirling principally served as a market town, due to the productive farmlands that surround it. Today, financial services and tourism are the biggest drivers of the local economy, while farming still plays its part, though to a much lesser extent.
Whether you’re moving for work, education, or to escape the hustle and bustle of a much larger city, here are a few of our favourite places to live in Stirling.
Location, Location, Location
Renting in Stirling puts you almost equidistant from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. An hour on the train will see you arrive in Scotland’s capital city, or its largest city. The ‘Top of the Town’, as it’s known by the locals, leads to popular tourist haunts such as the Old Town Jail, Mar's Wark, Argyll's Lodging and Stirling Castle. There are also an abundance of shops in the city centre, and further afield, with out-of-town retails parks and supermarkets supplementing the more independent retailers.
A Touch of Freedom
Just south of Stirling is the location of one of the most important and bloody battles in all of Scottish history: Bannockburn. Made famous for the Wars of Independence between Scotland and England, fought by William Wallace and retold by Mel Gibson, the town next to the battle site is quite serene nowadays.
With all the amenities you’d expect of a provincial Scottish town, including a bank, a library, and a handful of local shops, it is also served by both a primary school and secondary school, the latter of which was expanded to accommodate additional demand in 2008.
A number of buses connect the town with Stirling, making for a 15 minute commute (10 minutes in the car). And with a nice mix of flats and houses to rent, this is an ideal place for families or young professionals working in the neighbouring city.
A Riverside Revival
Located a mere 10 minutes from the city centre, the Riverside suburb of Stirling has grown in popularity in recent years. Sitting next to the banks of the River Forth, this peaceful part of the city houses some of the loveliest Victorian terraces.
With plenty of local shops, you won’t have to wander far for your morning paper, while Riverside Primary School is on hand for those of you with young families.
And it’s rich in history too, as this heritage trail attests. If you love the great outdoors, then you’ll never be bored calling Riverside home.
Making the move to Stirling? You could do worse than Bannockburn and Riverside.
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