Stirling's got a castle and, em... a shopping centre. The latter,
like shopping centres everywhere, is growing at such an alarming rate
that it's only a matter of time before it eats up all the interesting
little bits of old Stirling and spits them out. But the castle is a
mighty fine one, and this more than compensates for the commercial
abomination at its foot. I
mean, don't get me wrong, if you like shops and shopping then the
Thistle Shopping Centre will without question be the bees knees. But the
way I see it, you can visit shopping centres like this in every big town
and city in the country, they've all got the same old stores inside,
and, to be perfectly frank with you, it's almost getting to the stage
where it will be pointless travelling because everywhere will be a
Milton Keynes clone of uninspiring nothingness.
Thankfully, there are still bits of the old town of Stirling
still standing, like ancient churches and crumbling ruins and a
wonderful walk with views that will whisk
your breath far far away.
So, get out that knapsack, blow that whistle,
and let's go
adventuring in Scotland's
'Gateway To The Highlands.'
You can get a train to Stirling from Edinburgh, Glasgow Queen
Street, Perth, and other railway stations.