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A lochside setting at the University of Stirling

Set on a country estate 2 miles outside the centre of Stirling, this picturesque university is surrounded by glorious countryside, with a loch, golf course and 18th-century Airthrey Castle all adding to the scenery. On campus, there's an Olympic-size swimming pool and shopping precinct, complete with bank, travel agent, supermarket and pharmacy.

Under the spotlight at Macrobert Arts Centre

Also at the university is Stirling's most popular arts venue, the Macrobert. The Filmhouse is the most affordable cinema in the city, and shows everything from the latest Hollywood blockbusters to independent arthouse movies.

On the main stage, you can watch comedy, drama, music and family shows for as little as �5.50.

Scotland's heritage uncovered at Stirling Castle

Standing guard over the city, this medieval castle is Stirling's biggest draw, and well worth a look. As castles go, it's one of the best, with loads of nooks and crannies to explore. Discover why it was such a favourite residence of Stuart kings and queens, play medieval instruments and see kitchen staff preparing a royal banquet.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near the University of Stirling? Travelodge Stirling M80 Hotel is a 15-minute drive away, just off the motorway. Another good option is Travelodge Falkirk Hotel, easily accessible from the M9.