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Stirling is a city in Scotland. It is the heart of Stirling Council area as well as the centre of local government, higher education, retail and light industry. With its population, slightly higher than 40,000 it is the Scottish smallest city.

Stirling is often renowned as the Gateway to the Highlands. It lies on the River Forth. The town was built around the castle standing atop the crag. The site of Stirling had been strategically important since the Roman Occupation of Britain. The town was chartered as a royal burgh by King David I in 1130 and it was then known as Strivelyn. At the end of the13th century the major battles of independence took place at the Stirling Bridge, at the beginning of the 14th century there were several Sieges of Stirling Castle. The fortifications continued to play a strategic military role during the 18th century Jacobite Risings. At this period Stirling was also an important port supporting overseas trades. It was on decline after the invention of railways and by the mid 20th century it ceased to operate. In 1975 the country of Stirlingshire was absorbed into the Central Region. In 2002, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, Stirling was granted city status.

The area around Stirling is the most productive land in Scotland, therefore agriculture was quite important in the past there. Moreover, it was a market town. Nowadays, retail sector serves a wide range of surrounding communities. Financial sector as well as tourism are the best employers in the service sector. There is also university in Stirling that has grown into a major research centre, with a large science park - Innovation Park. It was established in 1967.

Besides Stirling Castle, there are several others sights to visit here. Not far from the castle is the Church of the Holy Rude, the only church in Great Britain besides Westminster Abbey that once held the coronation (of James VI of Scotland in 1567). Then it is the Cambuskenneth Abbey. Wallace National Monument is not was from Stirling. Blair Drummond Safari Park is nearby the city as well. Stirling is also famous for its many hauntings. "The Settle Inn" near the Castle is considered to be the one of the most haunted places in Scotland. The Green Lady of the Castle was seen by many soldiers and there are also other haunted pubs.

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