The city of Stirling is currently undergoing a major regeneration project aimed at modernising its former port adjacent to the railway station. The project includes plans for an expansion of the city centre to add new retail and leisure areas, as well as new recreation facilities and attractive riverside walks and cycleways.
The sight of Stirling Castle overlooking the city from its place atop Castle Hill, a volcanic crag similar to Edinburgh Castle's vantage-point, is a constant reminder of the city's key role in the history of Scotland.
This Scheduled Ancient Monument has been besieged by many over the centuries, not least Bonnie Prince Charlie during the Scottish Wars of Independence, as well as being where many of Scotland's Kings and Queens have historically been crowned. Within the grounds of the castle are many statues and monuments to the various important figures in the country's history that have either utilised or attacked the castle - the sheer variety of historical artefacts and treasures on display at Stirling Castle provide a fascinating glimpse into some of Scotland's defining moments.
Other must-see historical monuments in Stirling include the William Wallace Monument and The Bannockburn Memorial among many others.
Just outside the city boundaries lies the nineteenth century Blair Drummond House, within whose extensive grounds lies Scotland's only Safari Park. Home to an impressive collection of elephants, lions, rhinos, chimpanzees, giraffes, even penguins and sea-lions to name a few, the Blair Drummond Safari Park is a must for anyone with an interest in exotic species.