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Stirling in General
Member Name: Trixi
Stirling in General
Date: 28/11/00, updated on 29/02/04 (195 review reads)
Advantages: Plenty of choice
Disadvantages: High House Prices
Why I love Stirling
Stirling is situated in the heart of Scotland, in the central belt. A historic town (that has recently received CITY status) with lots to offer. Historically it was a merchant town, a Royal Burgh and for the a time the Capital of Scotland. Today it is best known for its connection with William Wallace. (Although I disapprove with the statue that was commissioned in the last few years of William Wallace at the momument with Mel Gibson's face!!!)
Tourist attractions include the Castle - which has recently completed years of restoration on the Grand hall. The limestone hall can be seen for miles around and stands out from the rest of the castle that has been "weathered" by industrialisation.
Other attractions include Cambuskenneth Abbey, the Wallace Momument, Stirling Bridge and the Bannockburn Heritage centre. Did You know?
During worrld War 2 the Germans used to identify Stirling by the number of Clocks & Steeples it has. They could then judge how far away Grangemouth & Glasgow were.
Stirling is not just rich in history but it is also rich in scenery.
The Ochil hills are a small range of hills about two miles out of the town. So if you like to be able to relax in the country and get away from it all, then you have that option. The University campus is also situated in some beautiful scenery, (its actually in Bridge of Allan) which includes a man made loch and is now home to a sports institute.There is now a pool that has an adjustable depth. On the other hand, if town life doesn't suit you, Stirling is about an hour away from both Glasgow & Edinburgh.
Stirling has a multitude of hotels and good guest houses, so it is ideal for those who enjoy a short break. For those of you who like going out for a meal or a drink, there are a multitude of good pubs and restaurants to choose from.
The pubs I like most is O' Neills - the Irish bar, Hogshead and the Portcullis. (The Portcullis
has also been the starting point for the Ghost Walks in the tourist seas
on - if you are into that kind of thing. Personally I'm don't, but it is a nice pub with a friendly atmosphere, Real fire and resident pet dog.)
They all tend to be fairly busy pubs but well worth the visit. The Portcullis is up at the Castle and a bit of a walk up a hill but it has a nice wee beer garden. O'Neill's is quite lively and tends to have lots of students. But it also has live bands from time to time and good offers. The Hogshead has some good ale with lots of obscure brands that a worth sampling.
Good places to eat are
The River House - A bit out of the way but a lovely setting It is on the ring road but has a man made water feature.
Papa Joe's - they serve a mix of food but tend to be mexican with lovely desserts - like oreo specials.
Smiling jacks is another mexican place, but is very small almost cafe like so book in advance.
... I forgot to mention that Delight Kebab do excellent kebab's, curries, potatoes and pizza's (with lots of topping). It's just up from O'Neills. If you go say hello to Chico the owner!!
There is also the Pirnhall, which is a brewers Fayre place. If you want a bit of class (if you pardon my pun) you can always go to Scholars Bar, which is part of the old high school. This is now the Stirling Highland hotel the only 4 star hotel in Stirling. It is lovely.
So why do I love Stirling - There is plenty of choice. Town, country or city, you will not have to travel far.