The University of Stirling is in the centre of the Scottish countryside. To the south of the campus, you can see the rolling hills and farms of the lowlands; to the north is the dramatic skyline of the Highlands.
This unique landscape provides a range of activities to keep you entertained. As the Visit Scotland website says, "Scotland's countryside offers unparalleled opportunities to get away from it all, whether you're looking for peace and quiet or something more active”. You can go walking or cycling in the nearby Ochil Hills, visit one of the many National Parks in Scotland, such as the Trossachs National Park, or partake in water sports on Loch Lomond.
The city of Stirling also offers plenty of attractions. Ten minutes walk from campus is the Wallace Monument, which commemorates the life and achievements of one of Scotland's national heroes, William Wallace. You can learn more about the life and times of Wallace in the visitor centre and, from the top, you get wonderful views of the city and surrounding countryside.
Stirling has played an integral part in the development of Scotland as a nation and you can get a sense of this history by walking through Stirling's old town. Stirling Castle, found at the heart of the old town, is one of the finest castles in Scotland. Built high up on a crag guarding the lowest crossing point on the River Forth, this spot has been valued for its strategic importance for hundreds of years. Its stunning location also provides views of the local area.
Close to Stirling is the Bannockburn Heritage Centre, which commemorates the victory of Robert the Bruce over the English forces led by King Edward II. A monument to the battle stands at the heart of the site, providing an atmospheric reminder of the campaign, which took place in 1314. In the Heritage Centre, you can find out more about this important historic site and see archaeological finds from the battlefield, including a weapon which is thought to have been used at the time.
Further afield, the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are very accessible, less than an hour away by train or bus. Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and has a number of famous tourist attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile and the Botanical Gardens. Edinburgh is also home to the Scottish Parliament. You can visit numerous art galleries and museums and Edinburgh is well known for its shopping, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and has plenty to offer. You can visit some of the many art galleries, which include the famous Burrell Collection and Kelvingrove Art Gallery. There are many other attractions, such as Glasgow Cathedral, the Mackintosh House and the Museum of Transport. Like Edinburgh, Glasgow also has shops, restaurants and cafes to explore and a vibrant nightlife to enjoy.
If you are wishing to stock up with food supplies, both of Scotland’s big cities have a variety of international supermarkets, where you can purchase items from home. Chinese, Indian, Latin American and Kosher food are all available, as is Halal meat.