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The Summer Holiday Survival Guide: What’s On

The summer holidays are something we all look forward to with excitement as children. However, as we get older, we realise we’ve to provide six weeks of entertainment for our little ones, turning that excitement to panic!

Thankfully, with fantastic local attractions and onsite activities, no one will be bored when staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro – young or old.

Back in the Saddle

Try something new this summer with pony trekking at Castle Rednock Trekking Centre. Suitable for those with no experience, all the way to seasoned riders. The whole family will love travelling the gentle Scottish terrain with views of the Ochils and Ben Lomond. For those who aren’t keen on getting up close the animals, there’s segway trekking, too.


Game On

Hundreds of Highland dancers, one thousand pipers and unforgettable caber tossing. These are just a few examples of the entertainment you’ll experience at the Bridge of Allan Highland Games. Head to Strathallan Games Park on Sunday August 6 for a fascinating day out, filled with traditional games, craft stalls and refreshments.


Need for Speed

You don’t need to have your driving license to experience the adrenaline rush of the Knockhill Racing Circuit. Kids between 13-17 can try the Teen Rally with a high-speed demo lap or the Teen Drive with real-life road scenarios and group karting.


Make a Splash

In Scotland, summer doesn’t alway mean sunshine. Avoid the puddles and head to our sparkling indoor pool, part of our LivingWell Health Club. Kids can practice their backstroke with some laps in the 17-metre pool, or chill in the bubble pool between 8am-8pm.


Mugdock Sensational Safari

Calling all nature-loving 8-12 year olds. On June 29, July 11, August 8 join the Ranger Service and explore the woodlands, ponds, and meadows of Mugdock Park, a 45-minute drive from Stirling. This outdoor activity is ideal for budding David Attenboroughs. Booking essential.

The Kelpies

Get up close to the the mesmerising Kelpies, just half an hour from the hotel, with an insightful 30-minute guided tour. You’ll be taken through the vision of artist, Andy Scott, and gain insight into how history and industry impacted these breath-taking sculptures. Kids love the unique access, with exclusive entry inside the complex structures.


Roll Up! Roll Up!

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Zippos Circus from June 27 - July 2. Witness amazing acrobatics and the legendary motorbike Globe of Death. There are clowns, trapeze artists and much more. Book tickets for the Falkirk Stadium spectacular, just half an hour from Dunblane Hydro to be part of the action.


Time to Relax

After a day of adventuring, head back to the luxury of our hotel to indulge in fresh, flavourful Scottish cuisine, served in The Kailyard by Nick Nairn. We even have a dedicated children’s menu, with all their favourites.