7 hidden UofS gems you won’t want to miss

University of Stirling campus

The University of Stirling’s sprawling 330-acre campus isn’t just a gorgeous place to call home. It’s a place where something exciting is always on the go, and it’s riddled with hidden gems that are chock-full of surprises.

In case you’ve been thinking about coming to visit us for one of our Open Days, we’ve rounded up seven of our favourite hidden gems here on campus that you won’t want to miss:

1. Airthrey Castle

Stirling students sitting outside Airthrey Castle

How many universities can honestly say they’ve got their very own castle? Overlooking the University’s loch, the 18th century Airthrey Castle boasts a fascinating history – and is still in active use today.

2. Airthrey Golf Course

Stirling students play golf at Airthrey Golf Course

If you’re into golf, we’ve got our own nine-hole, par three course and putting green right here on campus. The course is suitable for both amateur and professional golfers. Affordable equipment hire is always available, and booking is never required.

3. Macrobert 

Stirling students at the Macrobert box office

Located right at the heart of campus, Macrobert Arts Centre is Central Scotland’s leading cultural hub and arts centre. It regularly hosts some of the globe’s top music and theatre events – while its critically-acclaimed Filmhouse is easily the best value in town.

4. Venue

Stirling students in Venue

Our newest multi-purpose venue offers the perfect place to collaborate, show off your skills and just hangout. Venue hosts regular unplugged music sessions throughout the day, and offers plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy a Starbucks, our fantastic Juice Bar and a dizzying food selection.

5. University Art Collection

Modern art at the University of Stirling

Stirling’s public art collection is one of the most diverse on offer. Housed primarily within the Pathfoot Building, our unique collection includes a wide array of paintings, sketches, tapestries and sculptures from some of the biggest names in Scottish contemporary art.

6. Scottish Tennis Centre 

Andy Murray and another tennis player at the Scottish Tennis Centre

Are you the next Andy Murray? As the home of the Scottish National Tennis Centre, our campus is the nation’s premier training ground for the game’s top champions. But you don’t need to be an aspiring Wimbledon champion to take advantage of our world-class facilities – courts are open to all.

7. Dumyat

Airthrey loch at the University of Stirling in Autumn 2016

One of Scotland’s most breath-taking walks starts right on our doorstep. Overlooking our campus accommodation, the jagged crags of Dumyat offer a challenging hike with stunning views across the valley. The terrain even boasts the well-preserved ruins of a Roman-era Maeatae fort.

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