Out and About

historic statue Many of Scotland's most famous tourist attractions lie within easy reach of the Vacation Campus.

The University lies in the shadow of the Wallace Monument, a towering tribute to 'Braveheart', Sir William Wallace. Less than two miles away, dominating the skyline, is the spectacular Stirling Castle, from which one can gaze across Bannockburn, scene of Robert the Bruce's epic victory in 1314.

The 'bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond', and the rugged Highlands are easily accessible from Stirling's central location; the vibrant and cosmopolitan cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are each a mere 45 minutes' drive away.

Just a few of the many great days out are listed below. Further details can be obtained from the local Tourist Information Centre (Tel: + 44 (0) 1786 475019), or the following websites:

National Wallace Monument

Completed in 1869 in memory of a great Scottish Hero - Sir William Wallace this towering tribute, provides visitors with the opportunity to find out more about one of Scotland's greatest heroes and also houses the 'Hall of Heoros' honouring other such Scottish greats. The long climb to the top of the monuments is rewarded with fantastic panoramic views.


Stirling Castle

Considered by many to be the grandest of Scotland's castles, Stirling Castle was home to a succession of Scottish monarchs. Set on a high rocky outcrop, the Castle regularly plays host to historical exhibitions and displays.


Blair Drummond Safari and Leisure Park

The whole family can go 'on safari' at Blair Drummond. Whether driving among wild animals, taking a boat trip around Chimp Island, or simply watching a Sea Lion show, a host of adventures lies in store.


Go Ape

It's not in the dictionary, but if it was, Go Ape would be described as a 'high-wire forest adventure'. That means we build giant obstacle courses up in the trees using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire, and top it off with the country's best zip lines. The Go Ape experience gets the adrenalin pumping, gets people out of their comfort zones and above all it's just great fun.


Vue Cinema - Stirling

Eight screen, all luxury stadium seated cinema with wall to ceiling to floor huge screens, enhanced by the most progressive projection and Dolby Digital Surround Sound technology.


The Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel A truly unique piece of civil engineering, the Falkirk Wheel links the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The remarkable boat lift - the only structure of its kind in the world - is the height of 8 double decker buses and can lift loads equivalent to the weight of 100 African elephants. Visitors can experience the thrill of the Wheel from special 'trip' boats at the site.


Loch Lomond Shores

Set within the breathtaking surroundings of Scotland's first national Park, Loch Lomond Shores combines the spectacular environment with an outstanding mixture of leisure and retail experiences. Visitors can make the most of their trip by visiting Drumkinnon Tower and experiencing the awe inspiring, giant screen film 'The Legend of Loch Lomond'.


This atmospheric spot is the site of Robert the Bruce's famous victory over the English in 1314. Despite facing a greater number of professional troops, Bruce's men routed the English forces, led by King Edward II, and gained freedom from Scotland from the oppressive English rule. Visitors can find out what inspired this great Scottish victory at the Bannockburn Heritage Centre, managed by the National Trust for Scotland, and walk to the Borestone, Bruce's command post for the battle, and the statue of Bruce by Pilkington Jackson.


Loch Katrine

The perfect place to enjoy the timeless beauty of The Trossachs.

Cruise Loch Katrine to fully enjoy its magnificent setting, which has enchanted visitors for generations. Explore its secret corners on Ellen’s Isle, take in the view from Lady of the Lake, or enjoy the special experience of a classic steamship cruise on board Sir Walter Scott.


Heartland TravelHeartland Travel Bus

Heartland Travel organise bus tours in the Stirling Area and beyond.  Their comfortable mini-‌coaches can reach places the big boys can’t handle… steep mountain passes and remote single track roads. The aim is to give you a fun and informative tour, with opportunities to step off the bus and explore at your own pace.

For this truly authentic experience, the mini-coaches are big enough to carry 16 passengers. However, they can accommodate solo travellers, groups, or a mix of both.


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