Many of us spend time fantasising about our next holiday abroad – so much so that perhaps you’ve forgotten about the wonders right here in the UK. This summer it’s time to reclaim all Scotland has to offer with a staycation, starting with 6 unforgettable activities near the historic town of Dunblane.
Stewart Tower Dairy
If you're a fan of Italian gelato-style ice cream then be sure to make a stop over at Stewart Tower Dairy. You can choose from the vast array of flavours (18 in all) and buy some delicious treats in the well-stocked farm shop.
Discover the method behind your favourite tipple with a distillery tour. Deanston Distillery, just 15 minutes from DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro, was built in 1785 as a cotton mill and repurposed in 1967. The cool temperatures, thanks to the building’s location on the banks of the River Teith, make the ideal location for the maturation of their single malt. Tours take place every day between 10am-4pm from as little as £9.
The Race is on at Knockhill
Do you have a need for speed? Get your adrenaline racing just half an hour from DoubleTree Dunblane at the Knockhill Racing Circuit. Perfect as a gift, surprise your loved one with a 4x4 Off-road Experience or the Ultimate Passenger Experience as you let a professional take the wheel of a Ferrari F430 Coupe.
Blair Drummond Safari Park
You don’t have to go overseas to get up close and personal with exotic wildlife – Blair Drummond Safari Park offers a taste of the wild, right on our doorstep. Try your hand at being a keeper for the day as you take care of the elephants, giraffes and lions. Fancy something a little more tame? Check out the foot-safari and petting zoo, or catch a Meet the Keeper talk.
Nick Nairn Cook School
For foodies, there’s nothing like learning new cooking skills, especially when they’re being taught by a Michelin star-winning chef. Book a full-day lesson or up your skills in a few hours, just 20 minutes from our hotel at the Nick Nairn Cook School. Try your hand at searing the perfect steak or cooking a Moroccan masterpiece. Still hungry? Sample more of Nick’s creations at our onsite signature restaurant The Kailyard by Nick Nairn.
Get to know the ancient art of Scottish glassblowing with a day class, perfect for beginners. Make a solid paperweight, a blown tumbler and a bauble to take home. The day course costs £180, with lunch included in the price. Each glass design requires cooling overnight, making this the ideal activity during your stay at our hotel. Make the most of your trip with our Saver Offer – book 15 days or more in advance for our best rates.