04.14 Stirling Locals Worried About Castle Access
Local residents of Stirling have long been able to visit their landmark castle grounds for no charge. Traditionally people who are resident within the boundaries of the Ancient Burgh of Stirling are given free admission to the castle all year round.
A rumor circulated recently they would have to pay to get in "their own" castle. A revolt was planned to storm the battlements of Stirling Castle to continue getting free entry, it now looks like that won't be required.
Rumours had been circulating that Historic Scotland which runs the location was about to end the practice and allow just one free weekend to locals residents.
Officials at the castle, however, have insisted there are no changes in the pipeline.
Senior steward Gary Darcy said: "Nothing has changed whatsoever. The situation remains that anyone who lives within the boundary of the Ancient Burgh of Stirling is eligible for free entry all year round on proof of identification and address."
He added: "Stirling has outgrown the boundary and there are some parts, such as Cambuskenneth, Cambusbarron and Bridge of Allan among others, which do not qualify."
Sadly, people who bring guests who are staying with them and while they may be eligible themselves, their guests will still have to pay. There is a free weekend when anyone can visit for free.
There was no word from the news wires if free access would be granted for those of the name "Stirling".