The summer days are flying off the calendar like swallows taking off towards the sea, so it’s time to take a break and free yourself up like a bird for the weekend. With September just round the corner, Stirling can host you for an activity-rich two days that will provide the perfect balance of relaxation, culture and entertainment whether you’re a couple, a group of friends or a family.
You don’t even have to plan out the weekend yourself – let yourself fall back on our cherrypicked itinerary and book your stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro without further ado. An overnight romantic break with Laurent-Perrier champagne is the perfect solution if you’re travelling with your better half, while government and public sectors can take advantage of a discount of up to 30% on their overnight stay.
Saturday 2nd September
Scotfairs Antique, Vintage & Collectors Fair at The Albert Halls, 10am – 4pm
Start off your weekend break at this extravaganza of pottery, porcelain, glass, antique, estate and costume jewellery, pictures and prints, books, copper and brass, silver, linen, furniture, coins, postcards, stamps and plenty more gems from the past. On-site specialists offer free valuations of items and you can also set up your own stand to sell off objects of nostalgic value at the fair.
“Music at Midday” Recitals at Dunblane Cathedral, 12pm
Head over to Dunblane and perk up your ears with the sound of the traditional cathedral concerto completely free of charge. The 13th-century architecture has been pristinely preserved and the cathedral recitals will resonate through the chambers to fill the space with grandeur.
Live Music at Nicky-Tams at Nicky Tams Bar and Bothy, 4pm – 6pm
Sample some local jamming and make a stop in one of the oldest pubs in Stirling later on in the afternoon. The atmosphere at Nicky-Tams is cosy and friendly, and they serve a fine selection of ales you can sip on while the musicians work their magic.
Stirling GhostWalk, Old Town Jail Gate, 8pm
A must-do when in Stirling, the GhostWalk provides an intriguing mix of comedy, drama and storytelling for history buffs and anyone up for an interesting wander around the city. The tour takes you up close and personal to famous mythological locations around Stirling and promises loads of haunted houses and spooky tales.
Sunday 3rd September
Stirling Car Boot Sale & Market at the Caledonian Cattle Market, 7am onwards
After a nourishing breakfast to jumpstart you for a fresh day of activities, pop over to the car boot sale and market at the edge of town. This trading hotspot is perfect if you want to purchase or sell stuff at amazing prices and bag a good bargain. You’re likely to also make a few local acquaintances while you’re there!
Hub Club Ride at the Stirling Cycle Hub, 10.30am – 1.30pm
Don’t forget your two-wheeled companion for Sunday afternoon. The last lap of training before the final marathon at Pedal for Scotland, this Hub Club ride will stretch on for 49 miles and tackle a couple of hilly plains to get your biking heart pumping. There’s no better way to admire scenic Stirling than on a bicycle with a horde of real troupers.
Tales from the Battlefield at the National Wallace Monument, 2.30pm
This performance gives you another glimpse into Stirling’s dark history and brings the Battle of Stirling Bridge to life with live actors in an open-air setting. The event is free but entry to the National Wallace Monument is ticketed if you’d like to venture inside.
After the gruelling challenges of the day, treat yourself to a revitalising shower at the hotel followed by some tantalising afternoon tea at the Stuart Lounge. Toast to your weekend in Stirling with your choice of three Scottish gins, rounded off with an assortment of cakes, sandwiches and soothing tea.
Pub Quiz at Nicky-Tams at Nicky Tams Bar and Bothy, 8pm
Conclude your weekend at Nicky-Tams once more and participate in a spot of fun, games and trivia to wind down. The pub quiz tests your general and pop culture knowledge and you can get your bar tab covered by these nice folk if you win.