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Top 10 Things to do

Check out our top 10 things to do in Stirling and Perthshire while staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro. From historical sites to breathtaking countryside and fun-filled activities, there's so much to discover around Perthshire and Stirling! 

1. Macrobert - arts venue & filmhouse

The arts centre for Stirling and the Forth Valley, Macrobert hosts over 400 live performances of drama, comedy, opera, dance, music, musical theatre and art exhibitions each year. There is also a cinema, which screens a year-round program of blockbusters, classics, art-house movies, documentaries, world cinema and children’s films.

Distance: 15 minutes’ drive from hotel

2. Shopping in stirling

Start your Christmas shopping in Stirling at the Thistles Shopping Centre, with over 80 stores and big name brands. Purchase a trinket from the beloved Ole Christmas Shop - where it’s Christmas all year round – or pick up some unique crafts at the stalls in Stirling Castle. In Perth, head to St.John’s Shopping Centre with over 30 stores, or browse the shops on the lively high street. With the festive lights adoring the buildings, there’s nothing quite like shopping in the run-up to Christmas.

4. The Kelpies

These 30-metre high horse-head sculptures are the largest in the world. Situated in The Helix recreational grounds, close to the Falkirk Wheel, this incredible attraction also boasts cycle trails, play areas and watersports.

4. Smith gallery

Visit Smith Gallery, which holds one of the most important collections in Scotland, attracting visitors from all over the world. A permanent exhibition on the premises, The Stirling Story, recounts the history of the city of Stirling from its earliest origins through to the present day

Free entry

Distance: 10 minutes' drive from hotel

5. Nick nairn cook school

A truly fantastic day out with our Michelin star-winning celebrity chef Nick Nairn, where there's something for absolutely everyone who loves food.

Prices from £165 per person for a day class

Distance: 20 minutes' drive from hotel

6. Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish independence and a source of enduring national pride. The castle's long, turbulent history is associated with legendary figures from Scotland's past, such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots.

Learn more and book a guided tour at

7. Whisky tasting

Enjoy one of the many tours offered at the nearby distillery of Deanston. Learn about the process behind distilling single malt and even try a few!

Once you have whet your appetite, head to Allanwater Brewhouse, a local microbrewery in Bridge of Allan, for an extensive range of craft beers. Their tours run from £8 to £30 with varied options. For more info, please contact Allanwater Brewhouse on 01786 843 010.

8. Andy Murray's Gold Postbox

Be sure to visit the Andy Murray postbox in the high street of Dunblane. It was painted gold in honour of Murray's victory over Roger Federer in the London 2012 Olympics final.

While in the village, visit the cathedral amid a clutch of old-world buildings, among them the 17th century Dean's House. The Allan Water is spanned by a 16th-century single-arch bridge as it flows through the town and there are a number of good riverside walks.

9. Knockhill

Knockhill can make all of your driving dreams come true. Whether it's learning new skills on the skid pan, taming a Ferrari 360, NOT driving in a straight line on the rally stage or flying along in a single seater racing car, it's an experience you won't forget.

It's the perfect present for a loved one!

To book driving experiences, visit

10. Experience the kailyard by nick nairn

Indulge in sophisticated gourmet cuisine, created with passion, at The Kailyard by Nick Nairn at DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro. Each of our Michelin star-winning chef's signature dishes have a firm emphasis on fresh, locally sourced Scottish ingredients.

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