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Scotland's youngest city
Stirling in General
Member Name: linzeelou
Stirling in General
Advantages: Lots to do
Disadvantages: Far away from me now
My best friend, Ryan, lives in Menstrie which is not that far from Stirling and every year, I go up to stay with him at least once. As Menstrie is a small village, we don't spend much time there and instead venture into Stirling to do things. The first time I went up to see Ryan, I wasn't quite sure what to expect as I didn't really know what size the city was or what there would be to do there. Luckily, I was shown that there is a lot to do even though it isn't massive.
The first thing most girls want to know about when visiting somewhere new is the shopping. Stirling has a pretty decent shopping centre which is situated less than 5 minutes away from the train station and access right next to the bus station. Thistles shopping centre has more than 90 shops and you can pretty much find everything you could possibly need there. Inside is a big Marks and Spenser which also has a supermarket so you can clothes and food shop at the same time. I was happy to see that there was a lot of clothes shops for girls as well as a pretty big branch of Waterstones. I couldn't have been happier shopping here.
As soon as I arrive in Stirling, we always go out for some lunch considering I have usually been travelling for at least 5 hours and am starving by this time. Stirling has plenty of choice for everyone in regards to food and restaurants. Round the corner from the train station is a McDonalds if you want a cheap and easy option or if you need to rush before getting a bus somewhere. There are also plenty of pubs within walking distance from the train station so again, you can find somewhere pretty reliable for a cheap and easy meal. Ryan and I tend to stick to pubs because we know what we're getting and it is always easy to pick somewhere. However, there are also some really nice little cafes. A couple of years back we went to a cafe near Thistles and had sandwiches and jacket potatoes. The prices here were extremely reasonable and I would definitely have gone there again but we couldn't remember exactly where it is.
We have also been to a few different fast food takeaways here after nights out but honestly, I was too drunk to remember where they were. I have always enjoyed the food though. Stirling is home to a pretty large university so is very much a student city in some ways. Because of this, there are plenty of bars and a couple of clubs in the city centre. I wasn't really expecting a good night out here for some reason but it turned out to be one of the best I had in a long time. People in Stirling seemed to be extremely friendly, unlike where I'm from, and even though they were really drunk, there was no trouble. Even just going outside for a cigarette meant talking to random people about random things and generally just getting to know people. I had never experienced something like this before on a night out and I was quite pleasantly surprised by it.
I don't only like eating and shopping though in Stirling. There is plenty to do for tourists. First off is the Wallace Monument which commemorates Sir William Wallace. The walk up to the monument is a bit of a trek in itself before you even get to see anything as there are 246 steps on a spiral to walk up. Before I even got to the monument, I was bored of the walking and wanted to go back down but I persevered and carried on going. Although we didn't pay to go inside the attraction, it was quite impressive to see just from the outside and to take in a piece of history. A few years ago, there was also a statue at the monument which was carved to look like Mel Gibson in Braveheart but due to controversy and vandalism, it was removed.
Next is Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland. On top of yet again, another hill, is a very impressive and large castle which took my breath away a little bit at first sight. The exterior and grounds of the castle are a sight to see in themselves without seeing anything inside. I would have been more than happy to have just walked around the grounds and to take in the beautiful architecture of the building. In order to make the most of this trip, we paid for the guided tour of the castle instead of being left to explore on our own and it really made a massive difference. The tour guides at the castle certainly know what they're talking about and really make the castle come to life, rather than looking around at things I didn't understand.
Stirling is also quite famous because of it's supposed hauntings. Stirling Castle is said to be haunted by a servant of Mary Queen of Scots. A ghost walk is available during the months of July and August and around Halloween which starts from the Old Jail and they start at 8pm, costing £6 for adults. I loved doing this activity as ghosts etc are something that have always interested me and the walk was fantastic. The guide made it as creepy as possible, pointing out anywhere that there has been supposed sightings of ghosts and explaining what had been seen and when. For the price, even though the walk is only 40 minutes long, it is an amazing thing to go and do and is also very interesting.
Even though I have been going to Stirling for a good few years now, there is still so much more for me to do and see there and I can't wait to go again!
Summary: A lovely city
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