The best places to live in Stirlingshire

Where are the best places to live in Stirlingshire?

Stirlingshire is a beautiful, historic county in Scotland. Situated where the Scotland’s lowlands meet its highlands, the county is as known for its rugged hilly regions – like the Gargunnock Hills and the Campsie Fells - as it is for its serene waters – like the Carron Valley reservoir and the Loch Lamond. 

As one of the more idyllic regions of the country, Stirlingshire is a lovely place to live. Below are some of our favourite towns in Stirlingshire.  

Living in Stirling

The former capital of Scotland – a title it shared with Edinburgh until the early 1600s – Stirling is recognised as the county town of Stirlingshire. 

Considered the gateway to the Highlands, the town for many, marks the beginning of Scotland’s majestic hilly regions and is overlooked by the grand Stirling Castle – an architectural marvel from years past that still serves as the centre point of which the town is built around.

Schools in Stirling

One of the most notable towns in Stirlingshire when it comes to academia, Stirling is home to one of Scotland’s 19 universities – The University of Stirling; a university ranked amongst the 40 best universities in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2023. 

The town is also home to a number of good schools, with the likes of Riverside Primary School, Stirling High School, Wallace High School, St Modan’s High School, and Bannockburn High School being amongst the more well-known schools in Stirling. 

Stirling also has several libraries as well as a number of galleries and museums, including the Smith Art Gallery and Museum, and offers those interested in the arts a number of excellent spaces to display their crafts, with places like The Macroberts Arts Centre regularly putting on exhibitions and theatrical performances.

Commuting in and around Stirling

With its railway station – Stirling Railway – offering regular services to the likes of London King’s Cross, Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street, Stirling has established itself as a natural choice for people needing to travel up and down the country on a regular basis. 

Its proximity to both Edinburgh and Glasgow Airport – being only about an hour away from either – has also made it a highly desirable place to live. 

In terms of getting around Stirling, McGill’s Scotland East provides most of the town’s local bus services.

Popular shops in Stirling

Thistles Shopping Centre is the town’s main shopping area but there are plenty of independent retailers and chains that can be found just walking across the length and breadth of its city centre. 

The Springkerse Retail Park also lies on the outskirts of the town.  

One of the more cosmopolitan towns in Stirlingshire, we have a number of new homes near Stirling, beautifully designed with caringly crafted features. 

Find out more about our homes near Stirling.

Living in Larbert

Situated in Scotland’s Forth Valley, Larbert is a small town with an understated charm. 

Overlooking the Larbert Loch, the town’s serene scenery is, for many, a therapeutic escape from the hustle and bustle of Scotland’s larger towns and cities. 

Taking advantage of the town’s picturesque aesthetic, several of the most popular leisurely pursuits take place outside in Larbert, with the town having its own lawn bowls club as a well as a golf club – the Falkirk Tryst Golf Club – which sits on the boundary between Larbert and the neighbouring Stenhousemuir.

Schools in Larbert

Some of Larbert’s more popular primary schools include the likes of Larbert Village Primary School, Ladeside Primary School, and Kinnaird Primary School.

Commuting in and around Larbert

The town’s main train station – the Larbert Railway Station – offers regular half hourly services to Scotland’s major cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as services to Stirling every 10 minutes or so. 

McGill’s Scotland East is the main bus provider in Larbert, making it easy for locals to get around.

Popular shops in Larbert

Larbert, in lieu of harbouring major retail chains, opting to showcase its smaller, independent specialist retailers.

It is not unusual to walk down Larbert’s main street and come across unique boutique stores you’ve never heard of – perhaps it is this air of the unknown that makes shopping in Larbert such a thrill. You really feel you’re getting something unique from the experience every time you go shopping.

We’re pleased to say that we have a number of new homes in Larbert, at our Carron Feld development, so please do get in touch if you’d like to find out more about these excellent properties.