Stirling really is the perfect city to live, work and play
Stirling may be famous for its castle, monument and historical battles but over the years this prime location in Scotland’s heart has evolved into a contemporary cultural hub providing a beautiful backdrop with a modern outlook.
Not only does it have its own stunningly dramatic scenery and landscapes, Stirling is also the eastern gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, which makes it a ‘go-to’ destination for various outdoor adventurers.
With this geographical advantage, low crime rate, excellent health care facilities and quality schools, Stirling provides an exceptional quality of life for those residing in the area.
In addition to seven secondary schools and 40 primary schools – all with impressive attainment levels – Stirling is also home to several leading independent schools, including Queen Victoria School in Dunblane and Beaconhurst School in Bridge of Allan.
The main campus for Forth Valley College is also based in Stirling which provides excellent links with local businesses, and the University of Stirling boasts thousands of graduates a year while attracting a large international student base - 115 nationalities are represented on campus and the University was ranked among the Top 200 International Universities in the World.
Stirling is also the UK’s most affordable city to live in - over the past five years, house prices in Stirling have gone up by just 3%, compared to 26% elsewhere in Scotland.
Thanks to an impressive contrast of ancient historical sites, a vibrant cosmopolitan city centre and wealth of stunning rural areas, Stirling is a ‘must see’ location. Its superb contemporary culture covers everything from music and theatre to dance and art. The Macrobert Arts Centre (based at the University of Stirling), the Tolbooth and the Albert Halls each provide venues for a wide range of events, from live gigs and comedy nights to plays and orchestra performances. Destination Stirling is the official promotional organisation and full details on everything there is to see and do in and around Stirling can be found on their website.
Ranked 11th out of 189 towns and cities in the UK for quality of life by 21-44 year olds, Stirling really is the perfect city to live, work and play.