The city of Stirling is located in the heart of central Scotland, just two miles (or 10 minutes by bus) from the University campus.
It has strong historic links with two of Scotland’s most famous historic figures – William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, and boasts the National Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle, an impressive medieval castle, both towering over the city.The city was for many years the historical residence of Scottish kings and queens, and has also played host to the Scottish Parliament.
Stirling has a population of around 40,000 and offers a great mix of small city and rural lifestyle. It is large enough to be able to offer the full city experience of shopping, entertainment, café culture, restaurants, performing arts and nightlife, but still compact enough to retain a warm community feel. In fact most students find Stirling is a home away from home that’s as easy to get around as it is to settle in.
Stirling is also a major tourist destination which attracts visitors from all over the world to view the historic castle, monument, Stirling Bridge and other famous churches and sights. For those keen to explore further afield, big city life is not far away.
Travel less than an hour by train or coach and you will reach two of Europe’s most vibrant cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is home to the new Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Castle and two of the world’s largest cultural festivals held in August each year – the Edinburgh International Festival and The Fringe Festival.
An hour west of Edinburgh is the city of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland and home to some of the most beautiful architecture in Europe. With a vibrant mix of museums and shops, and a lively music and arts scene, Glasgow is a great option for a day or night out.
If you are looking to escape from city life, then on Stirling’s doorstep you can find tranquillity and solitude in Scotland’s unspoiled mountains, lochs and shores or a wide range of outdoor pursuits, such as walking, canoeing, mountain biking and sailing. The Trossachs National Park, gateway to the Highlands, is only 20 minutes west of Stirling and is home to some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland.