A day out in Stirling
Despite its small size, the city of Stirling is one of the jewels in Scotland’s crown. It is famed for its magnificent cultural attractions and views over the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Over the years, Stirling has been at the centre of some of Scotland’s most important battles. As a result, there are plenty of cultural sites to explore during your visit.
Stirling Castle is perched high on top of a volcanic rock overlooking the River Forth. It dates back to 1490 and has been home to more than 50 Scottish royals and aristocracy. Today the castle is one of Stirling’s premier tourist attractions. Visitors flock to the castle to learn more about the region’s turbulent past. As you walk through the grand castle you’ll be transported back to the 16th century. Tour guides will tell historic tales and give you insight into it’s unsettled past. The whole family will love spending time in the immaculate grounds. Children can play dress up in period clothing, whilst adults can admire the beautiful architecture and opulent furnishings throughout.
National Wallace Monument
The National Wallace Monument is another of Stirling’s most popular tourist attractions. The monument looks out on the fields where William Wallace and his troops won the Battle of Stirling Bridge. The monument offers the opportunity to find out more about this national hero by exploring the interactive exhibitions on site.
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If history is not your thing, there are plenty of family friendly adventures on offer. One of our favourites is Blair Drummond Safari Park, which gives visitors an up-close look at wildlife from around the world. Drive through various enclosures to see rhinos, zebras, camels and deer. Other attractions include Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Briarlands Farm and the Go Ape high ropes course in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
Eating out in Stirling
Stirling has an excellent selection of cafes, bars and restaurants if you’re planning on dining out during your trip. You’ll be able to sample some of the finest home grown produce at award-winning restaurants.
Stirling has plenty of shops to peruse, including the top names in high-street fashion. There’s also a number of independent retailers selling their wares. The Victorian shopping mall, Stirling Arcade, houses gift shops and specialist whisky and gin stores. On the second Saturday of every month you’ll find Stirling Farmers Market at Murray Place. Here you can pick up the best local produce to take home.
Holiday Park near Stirling
Make Red Deer your base when holidaying in Central Scotland. Our five-star holiday park is ideally situated for visiting some of Scotland’s most popular towns and cities, including Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh. We have a range of high-quality accommodation available to hire including holiday homes, static caravans and chalets. We also have pristine camping and touring pitches, should you wish to travel in your caravan, campervan or motorhome.