Stirling: Spring 2013
A Day in the Life in Scotland
Wake up. 10 a.m. class called Witchcraft in Early Scotland or internship. Very cool. After lunch on campus, finish nursing class and meet up with international friends at The Studio, one of many university bars. Snap photos of 15th century Stirling Castle. Buy music ticket at Tolbooth for tonight’s concert. Bicycle lush rolling hills. Study a bit. Book 1-hour train ticket for weekend shopping in Edinburgh. Need more time.
Once the capital of Scotland, Stirling remains a bustling community. Stirling is regarded as “the gateway to the Highlands,” having been a strategic vantage point for invading and defending armies. Stirling is clustered around a large fortress, itself surrounded by the ancient Royal burgh (town) from which Stirling takes its name. With a population of 34,000, it is technically the smallest ‘city’ in Scotland, with some large towns dwarfing its population.
Head to the Tolbooth for great music in Stirling or to the Wallace Monument towering over the city as a constant reminder of Scottish strength and fortitude. And the Church of the Holy Rude can whet your religious needs. Perhaps your socialite fancies have been tickled: enjoy a night on the town at the Stirling Orchestra. Wherever you turn, Stirling is steeped in Scottish heritage.