Airthrey Loch and Castle

At the heart of our idyllic campus you’ll find Airthrey Loch and Airthrey Castle – two picture-perfect additions to the landscape and fabulous perks of studying at Stirling.

The loch and its banks are part of the original castle estate, and play home to an abundance of wildlife. You’ll see swans and ducks enjoying a morning swim as you make your way to class, and you won’t have to look too hard to spot a squirrel on campus either – although if it’s 6ft tall and wearing a t-shirt, it’s probably our official University mascot!

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The loch

Airthrey Loch is put to good use for kayaking and canoeing, and the 2.5km path around its banks is perfect for a peaceful stroll or morning jog – as well as organised events such as our Halloween fun run. A walkway over the water connects student accommodation with the main campus atrium, giving you a chance to soak in the views every day as the seasons change in spectacular style.

airthrey castle in woods

Airthrey Castle

Underscoring the uniqueness of our beautiful campus, the five-star facilities at Stirling come bundled with an 18th century castle. Overlooking the University loch, Airthrey Castle was built in 1791 to a design by influential architect Robert Adam, and has served as everything from a grand residence to a maternity hospital in the years since.

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