A student reading on a sunny day in Kings Knot, Stirling

Parks and countryside

Located in the heart of Scotland and gateway to the Highlands, Stirling is the perfect starting point to explore the great outdoors.

Don't let its city status fool you - Stirling is full of beautiful green space, with lots of gardens and parks to discover. And even more breathtaking scenery is just a short car or train ride away.

Kings Knot from the air

Top 5 outdoor experiences in Stirling...

  1. Soak up the sunshine and views of Stirling Castle in Kings Park
  2. Have an adventurous picnic
  3. Discover your next favourite hiking trail
  4. Scale Dumyat Hill for unbeatable views of the University campus
  5. Explore Castle Campbell and the beautiful Dollar Glen
A selection of colourful boats moored on the banks of Balmaha

...and beyond

  1. Savour some fresh air and tranquility on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond
  2. Swing across the treetops at Go Ape
  3. Get up close and personal to a pack of lions and their wild friends at Blair Drummond Safari Park
  4. Make some new friends at the Alpaca Trekking Center or the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
  5. Take a trip to the Highlands with tours departing from Stirling

Image credit: Kenny Lam / Visit Scotland

Explore City of Stirling and beyond

A student admiring at painting at Smith Art Gallery

Art and culture

Our city 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.


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. 

Students walking in Stirling city centre


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

A golfer swinging their club


Stirling is a dream destination for sports fans.