Stirling (Scottish Gaelic Sruighlea, scots Stirlin) is a Northwest of Edinburgh Scottish town with 36,142 inhabitants. The medieval old town still preserved, developed around the great castle (Stirling Castle), which still dominates the town. Stirling has ever been in previous centuries (as Burgh) a capital of Scotland, in the present it is an administrative and commercial center with little industry. Despite its importance in the history it was only on the occasion of the 50th jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. In 2002, the present-day city rights. The city gives the name of a Scottish County: Stirling Council Area.