Stirling (council area)

The Stirling council area (Scots: Stirlin; Scottish Gaelic: Sruighlea) is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland, and has a population of about 94,330 (2017 estimate).[1] It was created under the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994 with the boundaries of the Stirling district of the former Central local government region, and it covers most of Stirlingshire (except Falkirk) and the south-western portion of Perthshire. Both counties were abolished for local government purposes under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.



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Admin HQStirling
  BodyStirling Council
  ControlSNP + Lab (council NOC)
  Total844 sq mi (2,187 km2)
Area rankRanked 9th
 (mid-2018 est.)
  RankRanked 24th
  Density110/sq mi (43/km2)
ONS codeS12000030
ISO 3166 codeGB-STG

The administrative centre of the area is the city of Stirling.

The area borders the council areas of Clackmannanshire (to the east), North Lanarkshire (to the south), Falkirk (to the south east), Perth and Kinross (to the north and north east), Argyll and Bute (to the north and north west), and both East and West Dunbartonshire to Stirling's southwest.

The majority of the population of the area is located in its southeast corner, in the city of Stirling and in the surrounding lowland communities: Bridge of Allan and Dunblane to the north, Bannockburn to the immediate south, and the three former coal mining communities of Cowie, Fallin, and Plean, known collectively as the "Eastern Villages".

The remaining 30 percent of the region's population is sparsely distributed across the rural, mainly highland, expanse in the north of the region. The southern half of this rural area comprises the flat western floodplain of the River Forth, bounded on the south by the Touch Hills and the Campsie Fells. North of the glen lie the Trossachs mountains, and the northern half of the region is generally mountainous in character.

The Council

As with all local authorities in Scotland, Stirling Council has a number of multi-member wards electing representatives under the single transferable vote system.

Party Councillors
Scottish National Party 9
Conservative 8
Labour 4
Green Party 1
Independent 1

The wards and their councillors are:

  • Bannockburn (3 Councillors): Maureen Bennison (SNP), Margaret Brisley (Lab), Alasdair MacPherson (SNP)
  • Dunblane & Bridge of Allan (4 Councillors): Douglas Dodds (Con), Graham Houston (SNP), Alastair Majury (Con), Alasdair Tollemache (Green).
  • Forth & Endrick (3 Councillors): Alistair Berrill (Con), Robert Davies (Ind), Graham Lambie (SNP)
  • Stirling East (3 Councillors): Bryan Flannagan (Con), Chris Kane (Lab), Alison Laurie (SNP)
  • Stirling North (4 Councillors): Danny Gibson (Lab), Susan McGill (SNP), Ross Oxburgh (Con), Jim Thomson (SNP)
  • Stirling West (3 Councillors): Neil Benny (Con), Scott Farmer (SNP), Christine Simpson (Lab)
  • Trossachs and Teith (3 Councillors): Martin Earl (Con), Jeremy McDonald (Con), Evelyn Tweed (SNP)

The council is currently run as a partnership agreement between the Scottish National Party and Scottish Labour. Councillor Scott Farmer (SNP) was elected as Council Leader with Councillor Danny Gibson (Scottish Labour) elected as Depute Leader. Councillor Christine Simpson (Scottish Labour) is Provost of Stirling Council.


As well as the city of Stirling itself, there are many towns, villages and hamlets spread across the council area:




Places of interest


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