STIRLING is to be given its own Monopoly game, it has been announced today.

Players could find themselves the new owners of Stirling Castle or the National Wallace Monument, while also following in the footsteps of Andy Murray by receiving the Freedom of the City in a Community Chest card.

The new edition will likely be available for purchase in October, according to makers Winning Moves UK.

Stewart Carruth, chief executive at Stirling Council, said: “It is fantastic news that Stirling will have its very own official Monopoly board - I’m sure Stirling residents will come up with some great suggestions for which landmarks should feature, which undoubtedly will include Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.

"The announcement comes during exciting times for Stirling as we embark on our City Region Deal programme, which will see investment and regeneration build on Stirling’s reputation to create a world-class location for business and tourism.

"Stirling is unique – we have the River Forth, internationally acclaimed landmarks, and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park on our doorstep, while also having a growing business sector with a particular focus on digital technology and sport.

"This is a great opportunity to celebrate what Stirling has to offer and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished game.”

Scottish cities, including Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh have all been given their own versions in recent years.

Indeed, Stirling missed out on the chance two years ago when Perth was chosen in a public vote.

This time, however, the city edged out competition from Ayr, Dunfermline, East Kilbride, Elgin, Inverness, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Paisley and St Andrews to get the nod.

Steven Paterson, former councillor in Stirling, said: "Stirling getting its very own Monopoly edition later this year is fantastic news and will be a great way to celebrate the many world-class landmarks we are lucky to have on our doorstep.

"Monopoly is the must-have board game for the family and the Stirling edition will also be a fun way to showcase our local historical and natural heritage to a wider audience. I look forward to the board being released in a few months' time."

Green MSP Mark Ruskell, another former councillor, added: "It's about time Stirling had its own Monopoly game.

"Given the huge growth of private sector renting and proposed executive housing on the green belt, it could be an intriguing version of the classic game."

Monopoly Stirling will feature around 30 city landmarks and votes and suggestions for locations, along with Chance and Community Chest cards, are being sought by manufacturers.

Anyone wishing to submit their idea for consideration, can do so by emailing this Thursday between 7am and 10pm.

While Stirling Castle and The National Wallace Monument are dead set to feature, here are a few other landmarks that could make an appearance:

Smith Art Gallery and Museum

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser:

Formerly The Smith Institute – the museum has played a part in the history of Stirling since its foundation in 1874.

Blair Drummond Safari Park

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser:

An outside bet, but the safari park is one of the biggest attractions to the city. Also, who wouldn't want to own their own zoo - with its sandpit climbing frame - and Monkey Island.

The Church of the Holy Rude

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser:

The church was founded in 1129, before it burned down in 1405 and rebuilt. It suffered damage during the Siege of Stirling Castle in 1651, with scaring from musket fire still visible. Soon after, the controversial preacher James Erskine caused a schism in the congregation and a dividing wall was built which stood until 1936. In 1940 the church was restored and the fine oak beam roof was re-exposed.

Albert Halls

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser:

Described as being the "centre of civic life" in Stirling for more than 150 years, the Albert Halls may find a wee spot on the board. 

The Tolbooth

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser:

Currently an arts venue, The Tolbototh is considered one of Stirling’s most significant historical buildings. A jail, courthouse and one time Scottish Parliament during James VI’s reign, it has played an important part in Stirling’s story.

Forthbank Stadium

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser:

A bit of a wildcard, but it's already being touted by some for a square. Of course, if you're going to play millionaire, you might as well have a football team, right?

Dunblane Cathedral

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser:

Not in the city, but has to be a shout for at least a red. It is a simply stunning building as well as being a major part of the area - and Andy Murray got married there.

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