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Although Stirling’s story dates back to 81AD, it was not until 2002 as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, that Stirling became a Scottish City.  Steeped in European history, this quaint town located between the lowlands and highlands of Scotland is known as the “Gateway to the Highlands.”  Although the town, located twenty-seven miles from Glasgow may be the newest city, its history actually dates back hundreds of years.  Most famous is the city’s six hundred year old Stirling Castle, which stands high on an outcrop of volcanic rock at the head of Stirling’s Old Town.

Stirling Castle


Stirling is reputed to be one of the fastest growing cities in Scotland.  It is touted as one of the best small cities to live in and visit. Although the 2012 census places the population around 45,750 the castle, along with other historical attractions draws around two million tourists a year, primarily during the summer months.  Other attractions include ancient buildings, old town walls, mansions, churches and the Old Town Jail with it grim dungeons, cells and dank corridors.  In addition to tourism, agriculture played a major role throughout history as it is surrounded by some of the flattest land in Scotland.  The Town itself was a merchant trade centre for many years and even though agriculture played a large part during its historical past, it does not play a significant role today.


Old Stirling Bridge from the Castle


Of historical significance is the fact that because of its position nearest the crossing of the Forth to the river mouth, many of its visitors in ancient history were invaders.  According to legend, when Stirling was under attack from Viking invaders, a wolf howled alerting the townspeople and thereby saved the town.  Ironically, it is also claimed that the last wolf in Scotland was killed in that same city.

Today, Stirling is a centre for local government, higher education, retail, industry and tourism.  The wider Stirling council area has a population of 89,850 with the majority located in the south-east corner of Stirling.

To celebrate our connection with Stirling, we’ve put together 5 fantastic facts about the city that you probably didn’t know but are sure to find interesting!


  1. Stirling was originally a port because of its river location and supported overseas trade with India and timber trade with the Baltic until 1848 when the introduction of railways started the decline of the river trade.  The port ceased to operate in the 20th century.
  2. Stirling was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 making Stirling Scotland’s youngest city.
  3. The University of Stirling, founded by Royal Charter in 1967, was the only completely new institution of its kind established in Scotland since 1582.
  4. The City’s most senior football team Stirling Albion became the first completely community owned club in British history after the Stirling Albion supporter’s trust took over the running of the club in 2010.
  5. The world’s oldest football dates back to around 1540 and was found behind the oak paneling in Mary Queen of Scots bedroom in Stirling castle


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