A student taking a photo of the entrance to Stirling Castle

City of Stirling and beyond

Are you ready to discover Stirling?

We’re proud to call Stirling our home - a city shaped by its unique history, with a lively arts scene and the beauty of a national park close by.

Our vibrant city is known as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’, and is a fantastic place to stay during your studies. It combines the charm of a historic destination with the buzz of a young population - 20% of Stirling's population is aged between 16 and 29 years (National Records of Scotland 2016). With easy access to both Edinburgh and Glasgow (both around 50 minutes away by road or rail), you have the benefit of two of Scotland’s largest cities nearby for weekend adventures.

With a population of almost 100,000, the bustling city of Stirling provides a great community for city life, with the tranquillity of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park only 30 minutes away. When you come to Stirling, you may never want to leave.

A student admiring at painting at Smith Art Gallery

Art and culture

Stirling is a thriving cultural hub with galleries, theatres and more.

A student enjoying a tub of ice cream and churros

Food and drink

Get a taste of Stirling's foodie delights. 

View over the city of Stirling and Wallace Monument.

Heritage

Once a former capital of Scotland, Stirling is steeped in history. 

A group of happy students drinking and laughing in the student union

Music and nightlife

Discover the city of Stirling's lively music and nightlife scene. 

A student reading in a sunny Kings Park

Parks and countryside

Explore the breathtaking scenery of Stirling and beyond.

Students walking in Stirling city centre

Shopping

From quirky independent shops to big name brands, Stirling has it all.

A golfer swinging their club

Sport

Stirling is a dream destination for sports fans.