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Stirling - Things to Do

Often called Scotland's heritage capital, Stirling is home to a number of the nation's most significant historic attractions. These and many more are in our list of top ten 'don't miss' things to do, just waiting to be explored on a Stirling city break.

Stirling Castle
Keeping a watchful eye over the city, Stirling Castle has its own unique place in history. Commanding views from its battlements stretch right across the surrounding countryside and it also overlooks some of Scotland's most famous battlegrounds including Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn. Read more about Stirling Castle.

National Wallace Monument
Set on top of a small hill, the 220ft National Wallace Monument dominates the skyline. Built in the 1860s, it's the ideal spot for breathtaking views across Stirling and it's worth the walk to the top. It's also home to an exhibition that documents the life of William Wallace, the world famous Scottish leader. Vsiit the website of the National Wallace Monument.

Blair Drummond Safari Park

With everything you'd expect from Scotland's premier safari park, the attractions don't stop at the huge range of wildlife - including lions, tigers, elephants and giraffes. There are also amusements, adventure playgrounds, flying foxes and the Giant Astraglide slide to keep everyone entertained. Visit the website of Blair Drummond Safari Park.

Bannockburn Heritage Centre
The site of one of Scotland's greatest battlefield victories, Bannockburn still resonates today. In 1314, Robert the Bruce faced Edward II's well-trained and much larger army. Despite this, Robert the Bruce led the Scots to a famous victory and freedom for Scotland from oppressive English rule. Read more about Bannockburn Heritage Centre.

Church of the Holy Rude
Founded in 1129, the Church of the Holy Rude is the second oldest building in Stirling after the castle. It's also reputed to be the only church in the United Kingdom other than Westminster Abbey to have held a coronation and still be a living church today. Visit the website of the Church of Holy Rude.

Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum
Featuring permanent and visiting exhibitions and collections, this gallery and museum tells the story of Stirling, as well as showcasing various artefacts from around the region including the world's oldest football and curling stone. Visit the Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum website.

Argyll's Lodging
Scotland's most complete example of a 17th century townhouse, it was probably originally used as a property for a great nobleman serving the royal court. Ideally situated near Stirling Castle, its period architecture and attention to detail mean that it was almost certainly one of the finest townhouses around, in this turbulent time. Read more about Argyll's Lodging.

Outdoor Activities in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park
There's so much to see and do here and you can make it as active or as relaxing as you want. The scenery is spectacular from the deep waters of Loch Lomond, to the wild glens of the Trossachs, Breadalbane's high mountains and the sheltered sea lochs of the Argyll Forest. Read more about the activities available at Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

Walk up Dumyat
There's nothing like a brisk, bracing walk. And when you see the views at the top of this hill, it makes that little bit of effort worth it. Set in the Ochil Hills, Dumyat is a popular and gentle walk to access the stunning views to the north Highlands and south over the lowlands. Read more about walking up Dumyat.