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The Scottish city of Stirling lies on the banks of the River Forth and is known as the 'Gateway to the Highlands' due to its location on the Northern edge of Scotland's Lowlands.

Historically, the city had grown up around a medieval fortress and its accompanying old-town which were sat atop a natural crag that is now home to the impressive Stirling Castle, one of the most significant castles in Scotland.

Surrounded by some of Scotland's finest agricultural land, as well as being at a key crossing point on the river, Stirling has always been an important local market town and trading centre. As a result of this importance in the region the city is to this day a major retail centre, with a variety of major high street chains and several large shopping centres such as 'Thistles' both within Stirling and on the outskirts.

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