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A traveller’s guide to Stirlingshire

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 27 September 2016 | Views [428]

The ancient town of Stirling is one the oldest towns in Scotland, but from a tourist point of view is one of the hidden gems of Central Scotland. The surrounding area of Stirlingshire boasts a number of secluded spots and underappreciated points of interest.

If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Scotland, but want something a little different from the tourist heavy places like Glasgow, Edinburgh, and the Highlands, then why not try and carve out your own little slice of Stirling. Here are some of the best places to visit in the town and surrounding area that won’t be swamped with other holidaymakers.

The Wallace Monument

In 1995, Mel Gibson took the story of one of Scotland’s most famous patriots to the big screen with his Oscar winning blockbuster Braveheart. The film did much to popularise the story of William Wallace with varying degrees of historical accuracy. If you want the facts about Wallace, without the Hollywood glitz, then be sure to visit the Wallace Monument, to the North of the city. Follow the incredible story amid dramatic views of Stirling and the surrounding area.

Stirling Castle

A must see place for anyone new to the area is impressive Stirling Castle. There has been fortifications on the site of Stirling Castle since the early 12th century, but the current building dates from between 1490 and 1600. It holds a special place within Scotland’s history as it has been the site of the crowing of many Scottish monarchs throughout the years. Today the castle is run by Historic Scotland and has been converted into a museum for those who are interested in their Scottish History.

Blair Drummond Safari Park

A few miles from the Centre of Stirling is Blair Drummond Safari Park. Here you’re able to drive through a number of reserves that are home to a number of animals including rhino, elephants, and lions. There is also a petting zoo, sea lion pool, and amusement arcade. Being so popular, Blair Drummond can get busy on weekends, so be sure to plan your trip well in advance.

Deanston Distillery

No trip to Scotland would be complete without a trip to a distillery for a dram of the country’s national drink; whisky. In the Stirling suburb of Doune, you’ll find one of the best sources of “the water of life”, in the form of the Deanston Distillery and Visitor Centre. Find out how the entire whisky distilling process is undertaken from barley to barrel with a distillery tour. Spaces tour are easy to book through the website, and if you’re lucky, you might even get a nip of the good stuff and the end!

Tillicoultry

There are a great number of beautiful and idyllic villages in Stirlingshire and the neighbouring county of Clackmannanshire. Few are as picturesque as the town of Tillicoultry. Nestled between Woodhill Wood Park and the River Devon, Tillicoultry offers all the small town charm you can expect from Central Scotland. The Firpark Ski Centre offers adventure to those who like a thrill. The Sterling Mills Shopping Outlet has big designer brands for the shoppers amongst you and be sure to take a cup of tea in a local favourite, the Sterling Furniture store.

You now have a run down of some of Stirlingshire’s best spots. The best thing to do is get out there yourself and discover your own personal slice of Central Scotland. You might be surprised at what you find!

 

Tags: adventure, history, scotland, stirling

 

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