Stirling (council area)

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Stirling in Scotland.svg
Coat of arms of Stirling
Official logo of Stirling
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Lieutenancy areaStirling and Falkirk
Admin HQStirling
 • BodyStirling Council
 • ControlLab minority (council NOC)
 • MPs
 • MSPs
 • Total844 sq mi (2,187 km2)
 • RankRanked 9th
 • Total94,330
 • RankRanked 24th
 • Density110/sq mi (43/km2)
ONS codeS12000030
ISO 3166 codeGB-STG

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.

The administrative centre of the area is the city of Stirling, with the headquarters at Old Viewforth.

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[edit]

Map of the area's wards (2017 configuration)

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
Conservative 8
Labour 5
Independent 2
Green 1

The wards and their councillors are:

  • Bannockburn (3 Councillors): Alasdair MacPherson (Ind), Margaret Brisley (Lab), Brian Hambly (SNP)
  • Dunblane and Bridge of Allan (4 Councillors): Douglas Dodds (Con), Robin Kleinman (Con), Alasdair Tollemache (Green), Ewan Dillon (Ind)‡.
  • Forth and Endrick (3 Councillors): Paul Henke (Con), Rosemary Fraser (SNP), Gerry McGarvey (Lab)
  • Stirling East (3 Councillors): Bryan Flannagan (Con), Chris Kane (Lab), Gerry McLaughlan (SNP)
  • Stirling North (4 Councillors): Danny Gibson (Lab), Susan McGill (SNP), Rachel Nunn (Con), Jim Thomson (SNP)
  • Stirling West (3 Councillors): Neil Benny (Con), Scott Farmer (SNP), Jen Preston (Lab)
  • Trossachs and Teith (3 Councillors): Martin Earl (Con), Elaine Watterson (Con), Gene Maxwell (SNP)

The council is currently run as a minority administration by Labour, after successful negotiations with the Conservatives. Chris Kane (Lab) was elected as Council Leader, with Councillor Margaret Brisley (Lab) elected as Depute Leader. Councillor Douglas Dodds (Con) is the Provost of Stirling Council.

  • ‡Dillon was elected as a Labour councillor before quitting the party in October 2022.


Topographic map of Stirling and East and West Dunbartonshire

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




Dispersed settlements[edit]

Places of interest[edit]


  1. ^ "Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, 2021". Office for National Statistics. 2 November 2022. Retrieved 19 December 2022.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 56°30′00″N 4°00′00″W / 56.5000°N 4.0000°W / 56.5000; -4.0000