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Travel to Stirling

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One of Scotland's oldest and most atmospheric towns, Stirling became Scotland's newest city in 2002 to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. Its city status owes much to its excellent university, a new national park on its doorstep, a huge regeneration project, a growing population and a good quality of life. With its proud Renaissance castle commanding the major route between the Lowlands and the Highlands, Stirling for centuries saw much of Scotland’s worst warfare. Guides at Stirling Castle regale visitors with tales of sieges, intrigue, dastardly murders and atrocities, and an audio-visual presentation just off the castle esplanade brings the savage saga vividly to life. A statue of Robert the Bruce is on the Esplanade, with the Wallace Monument east of the town centre. Seven battlefields can be seen from the castle. In 1297, William Wallace defeated the English at Stirling Bridge. The battlefield of Bannockburn is visible to the south of the castle.

Just north of Stirling, 700-year-old Dunblane Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Gothic church architecture in Scotland.