Airthrey Castle is a historic building and estate which now forms part of the buildings and grounds of the University of Stirling in central Scotland. It first appears in documents around 1370 and passed through different hands before becoming part of the graham estate and then afterwards to Earl of Hope of Hopetoun House fame. 

The present structure was designed by the architect Robert Adam in 1791 although the house and estate were sold soon afterwards to the Abercrombies where it remained until rebought by the Grahams again in 1891. In the twentieth century it was used as a maternity hospital until becoming the heart of the new University of Stirling in 1969.


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Founded: 1791
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United Kingdom


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James Thomson (11 months ago)
Beautiful place for a walk
Craig Brown (11 months ago)
Just full of boxes nothing special
Jackie Jenkins (12 months ago)
Went here for a picnic and had a walk around the University grounds and fed the ducks. Lovely afternoon out
Arkham Asylum No1 orderly (17 months ago)
Great building plenty of history here
David Mcewan (2 years ago)
An excellent place, you my have been born here before the mian Stirling hospital. For more Google B15DOV and check out my channel on YouTube
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