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Living And Working In Stirling

Joanna Clare

The beautiful city of Stirling is situated  in central Scotland and has a population of around 45,000 residents and is considered a fairly small city. Although Stirling does not have its own airport, the airports in Edinburgh and Glasgow are the nearest. Stirling’s small yet efficient and modern train station offers connections to three major routes and you can be in London within approximately six hours via rail.

The River Forth runs through Stirling and is nearly thirty miles in length, ultimately draining into the North Sea. In centuries gone by, it has played an important role and Stirling harbour was a busy port dealing with import and export. Today, the harbour has lost its maritime trading but there are exciting plans for its redevelopment.

Stirling may be fairly compact - only a little over six square miles - but it has all the trimmings and allure, if not more, of a major city with exhibitions, concerts, festivals and events galore. It has a rich, unique and fascinating history with tales of invasions, conquests and defeats. It was once even the capital of Scotland.

Having a traditional ‘market town’ atmosphere which attracts many visitors, Stirling has also attracted much interest in investment with many major companies investing in the city. The dynamic and vibrant economy is flourishing in sectors such as financial services, food and drink, digital technology and life sciences.

Stirling University Innovation Park - adjacent to Stirling University currently maintains the development of many businesses and in addition to an unrivalled environment, the setting itself is spectacular.

The University of Stirling is an international university and offers five star facilities and incredible research opportunities as well as being highly ranked in many prestigious tables.

The National Wallace Monument is Stirling’s famous landmark and at 220 feet tall, it towers over the scene of Sir William Wallace’s victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. The hauntingly beautiful Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most visited attractions and it is easy to see why. Costumed performers greet you and offer to take you on an atmospheric  journey into the past dating back to at least the twelfth century.

Become enchanted by the beauty of Loch Lomond, take a trip to the old cotton mill which is now Deanston Distillery and Visitor Centre or admire the glory of the  Church of the Holy Rude, an ancient church that is the only church apart from Westminster Abbey to have hosted a coronation. As a ‘gateway to the Highlands’, Stirling’s countryside is magnificent and for nature lovers is outstanding.

Stirling boasts a historic Victorian shopping arcade, a traditional high street and a shopping centre. Those searching for late entertainment will find an exciting night life with many unique establishments. Eating and drinking out also has so much variety whether it is a specially crafted coffee, a vegan meal or a traditional haggis, neeps and tatties - you will find it all here.

An annual poll last year named Stirling the happiest place to live in Scotland and with the city’s friendliness and community spirit as well as the stunning scenery and facilities available, it is easy to see why Stirling is such a great place to be.

If you’re looking for a new career in Stirling, we recommend attending our Stirling Careers Fair! Our career fair will offer candidates from all backgrounds, experience and education levels the opportunity to speak to representatives from an abundance of local employers. Book a ticket today!

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