Famous battles involving William Wallace and Robert the Bruce took place at Stirling Bridge and at nearby Bannockburn, and many of the old fortifications still stand today, making this Gateway to the Highlands a must-see for history lovers. Stirling Castle rises up out of the landscape and is one of the most spectacular castles in Scotland, and has recently completed an extensive restoration project to return the Royal Lodgings to their former glory. The National Wallace Monument is also a significant place of interest, with a museum and visitor centre telling the true story of William Wallace. Some would say that it is even more compelling than the Hollywood legend!
The economy of Stirling was originally built around its position as a market town in the middle of some of the most fertile arable land in Scotland. Today it has moved into high-tech industries such as life sciences, finance and commerce, but it still retains a vibrant retail sector that provides visitors with everything they could wish for. From independent shops to high street staples, shopping here is a retail therapist's dream!