Stirling has been settled since the 11th century and has been fought over many times between the Scots and the English due to its geographic position as a gateway to the north and easy access over the River Forth
It is now a thriving expanding city with a population of around 50,000.
It is has a busy retail centre with a great selection of shops, pubs and restaurants.
For the history buffs you can visit the Castle, Battle of Bannockburn centre, Wallace Monument, Old Town Jail and Church of the Holyrude.
Doune Castle is about 7 miles away and famous as a film set for Monty Python and more recently in the TV series, Outlander.