The Old Town locally called 'top of the town' in Stirling.

Stirling Castle and town are medieval in origin. Alexander I dedicated a chapel here in the early 1100s. King David I gave the town royal burgh status in 1124. A merchant Guild was founded to administer the market and trading privileges granted by the king.

The heart of the ancient town still survives today and gives Stirling its distinctive and historic appearance. 'The Top of the Town', as it is known locally, used to be the hub of trade, public and social life. It now contains and attractive mixture of old and new housing, historic buildings and leisure facilities.

The old town trail starts at the Castle Esplanade car park, comes down into the old town streets, and through the old town defences to the Smith Art Gallery and Museum. At a leisurely pace the walk lasts approximately an hour and a half.

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Just at the bottom of Baker Street, from the old town, many of Stirling's independent retailers are located in the Stirling Arcade, accessible by shoppers via King Street.

King Street entrance to Stirling arcade