Sport and leisure at Stirling

A host of sporting and cultural pursuits can be enjoyed on-campus at the University of Stirling.


Stirling is renowned as a centre of sporting excellence, and this is reflected in the superb range of sports facilities available to conference delegates on campus. Sports facilities are available to all visitors, at additional cost. The availability of individual facilities may vary during your stay.


The National Swimming Academy at the University of Stirling is open to the public for recreational and lane swimming.

Working out

The Gannochy Sports Centre boasts the MP Jackson Fitness Centre, an ultra modern facility incorporating the latest cardiovascular exercise equipment and resistance machines.

Racquet Sports

A number of squash, badminton and indoor and outdoor tennis courts are available for hire.


Set within the grounds of the campus, Airthrey Golf Course is a nine-hole, par three parkland course ideal for golfers of all abilities. You can also test your skills on our 18-hole putting green.


For a gentler pace still, Airthrey loch, our own private loch, is stocked with an abundance of trout and provides the perfect opportunity to while away a few hours fishing. Fishing permits may be obtained from the Reception Desk at the University's Cottrell Building.

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Culture and Art


Visitors seeking some culture on campus need look no further than the macrobert, where a 460-seat theatre and ultra modern cinema provide year-round varied programme of live theatre, music, dance and film.

Art Collection

The Art Collection at the University is a varied one comprising of over 300 works including paintings, sketches, tapestries, sculpture and silver.

The tradition of collecting art goes back to the founding of the University in 1967 when Professor Tom Cottrell was the first Principal. Visit to fid out more.


Off campus, many of Scotland's top visitor attractions lie within easy reach.

National Wallace Monument

The University nestles in the shadow of the Wallace Monument, a towering tribute to 'Braveheart', Sir William Wallace. Less than two miles away, and dominating the skyline, is the spectacular Stirling Castle.


The "bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond" and the rugged beauty of the Highlands are easily accessible from Stirling's central location.

Falkirk Wheel

One of Scotland's newest and most spectacular man-made attractions, the unique Falkirk Wheel linking the Forth & Clyde and Union canals – is also a short distance away.

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