What to do in Stirling and Blairdrummond including where to go. In this section you will find ideas for family outings, tours and places you can visit to keep everyone entertained.
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Blairdrummond Safari Park
Again another fabulous day out on the doorstep of Oakside. Elephants, Rhinos, Giraffes, Zebras, Lions, Tigers, Bears, Chimps, Ostrich, Meerkats, Camels, Antelope, Bison. Great value and a wonderful day out for the family.
Enjoy a great day out for the whole family at Briarlands Farm and it’s within walking distance of Oakside. The Farmer’s Den Tearoom • Animal Paddocks • All weather Go Kart Tracks • Fabulous Funyard • Cable Ride • Strawberry Farm
The Scottish Wool Centre - Aberfoyle
You will find the Scottish Wool Centre In the heart of the Trossachs. Discover the story of Scottish Wool, visit the Spinner's Cottage and try your hand at making wool into yarn in the traditional way.
Stirling Walking Tours
Discover the Secrets of Stirling's Old Town. Let our local guides take you on a journey through the curious nooks and crannies of the Burgh, revealing some of Stirling's strangest tales. Stirling Walking Tours offer a unique mix of comedy, drama and storytelling as costumed tour guides bring the Old Town to life.
Stirling Ghostwalk is a guided tour of Stirling's historic Old Town, led by actors in the guise of the spooks themselves, mixing drama, comedy and storytelling. Meet Jock Rankin (the Happy Hangman), Blind Alick Lyon, Auld Staney Breeks, the mysterious and deadly Green Lady and a host of other worthies and weirdies.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Scotland's First National Park was officially opened by Princess Anne on 24th July 2002. Loch Lomond Shores, the principal gateway to the national park, is near to Stirling and just off the A82, about 18 miles North West of Glasgow.
Reconnecting the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals between Glasgow and Edinburgh and opened by British Waterways in December 1999, the Falkirk Wheel is the centrepiece to the Millennium Link canal project.
Argaty Red Kites on the Braes of Doune
Red kites are back in Central Scotland after 130 years. Come and see these wonderful birds at Lerrocks farm just north of Stirling.
Alva Mill Trail Visitor Centre
With the magnificent backdrop of the Ochil Hills, visit Scotland's Woolen Mill Country. The Mill Trail is a signposted route linking a variety of mill and factory shops.
Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway
Experience a journey on board a restored steam train, along the shores of the River Forth to Birkhill where you can explore the Avon Gorge and Birkhill Fireclay Mine.
Lots of events and things to do around the area. Theatre, cinema, events, concerts, tickets, courses, classes, charity events, lectures outdoor events.
Located in the heart of the old town of Stirling, an intimate venue for music, performance, exhibitions and arts classes. Re-opened in 2002, after a sensational restoration and redesign by award winning architect Richard Murphy, Stirling Tolbooth has quickly established a reputation as one of the best live music venues in the country.
Macrobert Stirling Cinema * Live * Family *
A relaxing family friendly venue, Macrobert Stirling provides a huge variety of activities for all ages in the heart of the University of Stirling, ranging from live performances, movies, an arts based creche, workshops, exhibitions, birthday parties, a fully licensed cafe, bar and restaurant. The very best in live entertainment with the Macrobert cinema in Stirling offering an excellent choice of movies.
Vue Cinema Stirling is located on the Forthside waterfront development. It boasts wall-to-wall and ceiling-to-floor screens. All auditoriums have Dolby Digital Surround Sound and the latest digital projectors to provide the ultimate picture and sound quality. The cinema has 1,061 seats over eight screens and is the biggest cinema in Stirling.
The Albert Halls
Entertainment for all the family. Music, drama, courses, classes, concerts, conferences, flower shows, fashion shows and much much more. The Albert Halls has been at the heart of Stirling's artistic and civic life for over 100 years, acting as a focus for the local community. The Albert Halls are only a few minutes walk from Stirling City Centre.
Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
Stirling Museum, Art Gallery, Cafe, Aillie's Garden, Meeting Rooms. The Stirling Smith first opened to the public in August 1874, and has served Stirling for over 130 years. The Smith holds one of the most important collections in Scotland, spanning centuries of Scottish, British and World history.
Visit Stirling University Art Collection, A hidden treasure contained within a masterpiece of post-war Modernist architecture. Open to the public 7 days a week with a changing schedule of exhibitions. Much of the work was purchased in the late Sixties and the Seventies and Comprises over 500 works including paintings, sketches, tapestries, sculpture and silver.
Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival
Celebrating the very best of Scotland’s independent/DIY arts scene alongside amazing international guests. Doune the Rabbit Hole festival Stirling is an intimate, independent music and arts festival located amidst the glorious ancient oak trees of the Cardross Estate, near Lake of Menteith, in Stirlingshire.
Stirling Farmers Market
Visit Stirling Farmers Market. Up to 25 stalls offering an outstanding range of superb produce. Stirling Farmers Market is always on the 2nd Saturday of the month on Port Street, Stirling City Centre. The market is on from 10am to 4pm.
Stirling Gardens Open
Visit one of the superb gardens around the area. Scotland's Gardens facilitates a full programme of garden openings throughout Stirling. Some gardens are open on specific dates, some gardens open by arrangement and some gardens are open regularly.
Stirling Folk Club
Stirling Folk Club promotes folk and traditional music throughout the Stirling area, with established performers and new emerging talent. Regular sessions and events provide opportunities for budding musicians and songwriters
Around Stirling there are lots of places to go for a day out in the surrounding countryside. If you only have an hour or two, there are plenty of short Stirling walks on your doorstep. In Stirling you are spoiled for choice. Scenic walks, hill walks, country walks, cliff top paths, woodland and waterfall walks, the ghost walk and walks around Stirling Castle and the Wallace monument.
Wallace Monument and the Abbey Craig
There's so much to discover on The Abbey Craig. Take things at your own pace and whether you want to enjoy a brisk walk up to the Wallace Monument or take a relaxing ramble through the woods, you will find a route that is suited to you.
Stirling Castle Back Walk and Gowan Hill
Take this lovely scenic walk around Stirling Castle, the old town walls of Stirling, the Back Walk and the Gowan hill. Wonderful views over to the Campsie Fells, Ben Lomond, Ben Ledi, Stuc a'Chroin and Ben Vorlich.
Stirling Ghost Walk
The Stirling Ghostwalk is a spooky guided tour of Stirling's historic old town, mixing drama, comedy and storytelling. Meet Jock Rankin - the Happy Hangman, Blind Alick Lyon, Auld Staney Breeks, the Green Lady and a host of other worthies and weirdies.
Bridge of Allan Kippenrait Glen
By the banks of the River Allan. Starting in Bridge of Allan, follow the Glen Road all the way to Dunblane. a well marked path and one of the finest country walks near Stirling.
Bridge of Allan Mine Woods
The Mine Wood was formerly owned by the Westerton Estate and was purchased by Bridge of Allan Burgh Council to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The network of paths which run through the wood were laid out in the mid 19th Century. A beautiful mixed woodland walk.
Bridge of Allan Darn Road to Dunblane
A beautiful walk at any time of year. Follow a circular route from Bridge of Allan, walking to Dunblane then retrace your route or catch a train back to Bridge of Allan.
Logie Church - Sherrifmuir - Back o' Dykes Road
Close to Stirling University. Starting from Logie church car park, you should be able to complete this circular walk in an hour and a half or make it a shorter circuit by making your way down through the Hermitage Wood and returning along Back o' Dykes.
Hermitage Woods at the University of Stirling
The Hermitage woods are a good spot for a short stroll or as part of a longer walk up to Sherrifmuir or Dumyat. The woods back on to the grounds of Stirling University which is sited on the old Airthrey estate. The dense, mixed woodland is rich with plants, wild flowers and wildlife.
Kings Park and the Kings Knot
This is an easy walk from the city centre. You could probably cover the route in an hour and a half but take your time and enjoy the park and views. Great views over the Carse and to Stirling castle with the Ochil Hills beyond.
Baston Burn and Touch Glen
The banks are steep in places and you will have to clamber over fallen trees, rocks and dense undergrowth. There isn't a path to follow and the burn is relatively narrow so, you will find it necessary to keep switching between the banks.
Cambusbarron - Touch Burn
Explore Gilmour's Linn on the Cambusbarron to Touch Waterfall Walk.
Cambuskenneth and the Wallace Monument
This is a great walk to take from the centre of Stirling. Allow a few hours to complete the full circuit, especially if you intend to spend some time at Cambuskenneth Abbey and the Wallace Monument.
Gargunnock near Stirling Under the Crags
Start from the village of Gargunnock 10km west of Stirling. You can walk this route for 2miles/3.5km to view Downie's Loup or alternatively, follow a longer route Under the Craigs 4.5miles/7km.
North Third and Sauchie Crags
This route takes you along one of the finest cliff top paths in Central Scotland, above the North Third reservoir. On a clear day you can see Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich, Ben Chonzie, the Ochils, The Lomond Hills the Forth bridges, the Pentland Hills and Meikle Bin in the Campsies.