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City Of Stirling, Scotland by Simon Haughtone
|When traveling through the
United Kingdom, a person can do far worse than stopping off in the city
of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland for a bit of sightseeing. This ancient
burgh of nearly 42,000 people is located in the mid-central region of the
country, placed squarely between the Scottish Lowlands and the Highlands.
Over its history Stirling
has been noted to be part of an area referred to as the "Gateway to the
Highlands." The city is centered around a fortress and a medieval town,
which lies on the banks of the River Forth. This waterway runs nearly 30
miles long, and it is at Stirling that the last fording point of the river
lies. A ford is a place where a stream or river can be waded across.
Historically, Stirling was
a central location and royal stronghold in the old Kingdom of Scotland.
The Scottish King David I granted it burgh status in 1130, which lasted
until 1975. It achieved official city status in 2002, upon the occasion
of Queen Elizabeth II's golden jubilee. The environs around the city have
a history going back to the Stone Age, and the Romans made use of its strategic
position to establish a garrison there.
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|The origins of the city's
name haven't been completely determined, but it's thought that it's either
of Scots or Gaelic derivation. In both languages, it means "place of battle."
Other scholars argue that Stirling draws its name from one of the Brythonic
languages, meaning "dwelling place of Melwyn."
The local government council
area of Stirling, in which the city by the same name resides, has a population
of around 88,000 people. Its current political form goes back to only 1994,
when the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act of 1994 was enacted. The city
itself is the administrative center of this council area. Both the city
and the local council area are fine examples of classic Scottish life.
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Highland Hotel is, by far, the most prestigious hotel in the city. The
hotel used to be a High School and is now one of the most renowned hotels
in Stirling. You’ll be tucked up in the most luxurious en suite double
dormitory you’ve ever seen, with the best school dinner you’ve ever tasted.
On the gateway to the enchanting Scottish Highlands, you’ve chosen a great
base from which to explore the area. Midway between Glasgow & Edinburgh,
you’re within easy reach of Scotland’s two major cities; Glasgow and Edinburgh.
On the gateway to the Highlands, you can also visit the historic Stirling
Castle, the Bannockburn Heritage Centre or Trossach’s National Park.
by Hilton Dunblane Hydro, near Stirling
Set within 10 acres of private
landscaped grounds, the Victorian style Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro
hotel offers breathtaking views of the Trossachs. Only 40 minutes from
both Edinburgh and Glasgow, the newly refurbished hotel is the ideal retreat
for business and leisure guests. Keep fit in the hotel's Health and Fitness
Club, boasting a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fully-equipped gym.
Indulge in traditional Scottish fare in The Kailyard by Nick Nairn restaurant
and enjoy an after dinner drink in the stylish Cocktail Bar. All
Hilton Guest Rooms at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro hotel offer
LCD TVs, on-demand movies and comfortable 'Sweet Dreams' beds.
Cottage B&B Stirling
Hillview Cottage is a traditional
Scottish guest house in an exclusive rural location. Built in the 1700s,
Hillview Cottage provides a warm, friendly and interesting environment
in which to relax and reflect on your day's travels. We have 2 lounges,
one with a wide screen digital tv, the other with a wood burning stove
hand made by the Dowling Brothers of Newton Stewart. With comfort in mind,
all beds are orthopaedic, and no two guest bedrooms have adjoining walls.
Hillview cottage is ideally located for access to central Scotland, being
only 7 minutes drive from the M9 motorway, and then only 35 minutes from
both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Inn Express Stirling
Holiday Inn Express Stirling
boasts contemporary design and air conditioning throughout, plus comfortable
bedrooms for business and leisure travellers. The Trossachs National Park
and Loch Lomond are nearby and Stirling itself boasts fascinating sights
such as the William Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle and Blair Drummond
Safari Park. The hotel has 80 air conditioned guestrooms, meeting
facilities, a licensed bar, coffee lounge and free parking. Complimentary
hot breakfast with every room rate. The hotel offers free WiFi in
the Great Room lounge.