Absolutely no trip to Dunblane would be complete without paying a well-deserved visit to stunning Stirling. Undoubtedly one of the crown jewels of the region, Stirling is a deeply historic and culturally rich city with enough attractions and entertainment options to keep the average family busy for weeks. Nevertheless, even if you only have a day or an afternoon to spare, you’ll still be able to dive right into the heart of Stirling and discover what it is that makes it the real heart of Scotland.
So from the team at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro, here’s a quick rundown of a top five reasons to visit Stirling while in the area:
1 – Stirling Castle
Pay a visit to Stirling Castle and what immediately becomes apparent is that this isn’t your typical/often boring castle experience. Instead, so much of Stirling Castle is brought to life by costumed performers who give adults and kids of all ages a unique insight into many centuries of history. Of course the castle itself is stunning and you could easily lose a few hours wandering around and taking in its majesty, but chances are it is these colourful characters you will find the most entertaining and memorable.
2 – The National Wallace Monument
Perhaps the single most famous landmark in Scotland, the National Wallace Monument was built to commemorate Sir William Wallace and his role in Scottish history. Along with commanding the most spectacular views imaginable over the scene of Wallace’s greatest victory at the 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge, a full introduction to the man himself and a series of stories covering his life’s most important events are told by experts on the monument’s interior.
3 - Deanston Distillery
You simply cannot visit Scotland at any time of year without stopping by at least one distillery to see how the country’s most famous global export is made. Whisky isn’t just a national drink in Scotland, it is the pride and passion of millions of people and carries centuries of culture and tradition in every drop. The Deanston Distillery is a standout example of an artisan distillery where the attention to detail and hardworking craftsmanship of generations gone by are used to create genuinely outstanding whisky that is on entirely different level to many commercial whiskys.
4 - Stirling Ghostwalk
You’ll find ghostwalks in the vast majority of popular towns and cities up and down the United Kingdom, but the Stirling Ghostwalk has a nationwide reputation for being one of the best. Suitable for adults and kids of all ages, these fantastically knowledgeable and brilliantly witty guides have been putting on these wonderful walks for over 25 years now and guarantee to show adults and kids of all ages a side of Stirling you never knew existed.
5 - Stirling Old Town Jail
Last but not least, for a deeply interesting and rather macabre insight into what life was really like in what was dubbed ‘the worst jail in Britain’, Stirling Old Town Jail makes it pretty clear that at this point in history, crime most certainly did NOT pay!
Give the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro team a call today for more information on local attractions, or to discuss a booking.
Special Autumn Offer
If you are looking for a place to staywhilst you visit the above attractions then why not take us up on our Autumn special offer? Book a two night stay between September and December 2015 and enjoy bed & breakfast, dinner with a bottle of Prosecco included per stay from only £109 per double room per night! But be quick, rooms are going fast!