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Why visit Stirling & The Trossachs?

Working within the hospitality sector in the area, we are seeing more and more tourists each year making a visit to the City of Stirling and nearby Trossachs part of their ‘must-do’ list when visiting Scotland.

Stirling Skyline

Stirling is the ideal place to immerse yourself in the history of Scotland. Not only do famous tales of historical figures originate here, but the impressive castle towers over the city with stunning views across central Scotland. The city of Stirling has a rich history – most of which started around 800 years ago when a little town in the area first received the name of Stirling.

Stirling town gained importance due to the fact that it was situated at the lowest crossing point of the River Forth. Not much later, William Wallace emerged as a Scottish hero – fighting for Scottish independence. A story many people from around the world have all become familiar with – mainly due to the global success of the Braveheart movie. Another two famous historical figures who are synonymous with Stirling are Rob Roy and the Scottish king, Robert the Bruce.

There is lots to see and do in Stirling, but no visit to this city would be the same without a tour of Stirling Castle. The magnificence of Stirling Castle is said to rival that of Edinburgh – and since it is open to the public, you can explore it’s beauty for yourself – Stirling Castle’s fascinating history can be learned while on a captivating tour.

Then there’s the Wallace Monument overlooking Stirling, which commemorates national hero William Wallace. Like Stirling Castle the monument offers excellent views that stretch for miles on end.

The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre was opened in 2014 and has been extremely popular with visitors to StirlingThis experience puts you right at the center of the action. Using revolutionary 3D technology you can learn about this landmark event in Scottish history and experience medieval battles like never before. You’ll even be able to take command, pitting your wits against fellow visitors on the virtual battlefield.

Lake of Menteith

Nearby you can take in the natural beauty of the area with a trip to the Trossachs, sometimes referred to as “The Miniture Scottish Highlands”, situated on the physical boundary between the Highlands and the Lowlands of Scotland. The landscape is so appealing for all you outdoor enthusiasts. There are several small towns nestled in the hills and mountains of the Trossachs which have historical and cultural value. A landscape of Lochs, Glens and Mountains, the area is a popular destination today with tourists from all over the world!

Some of the most visited tourist attractions in the Trossachs include Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, where you can have a wild day out for all the family at this wonderful safari park located near Stirling. Not too much further from Stirling, there’s also Go Ape in Aberfoyle, Scotland’s premier Tree Top Adventure course at The David Marshall Lodge visitor centre.

Outlander fan? (The popular time-travel television drama in which a World War II army nurse is carried back to Scotland in 1743) Then you must spend some time at Doune Castle! This castle near Stirling plays a leading role in the show, substituting for the fictional Castle Leoch. Visit this 14th century courtyard castle and take in stunning views of the River Teith and Ben Lomond.

Doune Castle

Stirling and the Trossachs have a burgeoning food and drink scene. A visit to Scotland and to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park would be incomplete without experiencing Scotland’s most popular produce, Whisky. The area is home to some of Scotland’s best distilleries, a few that are located close to our doorstep and so we always recommend visiting Glengoyne and Deanston distilleries. We also have a growing craft beer movement in Scotland, and there’s a particular brewery whose beer you must try! Fallen Brewing Co. might be a wee brewery in the small village of Kippen but they’re growing fast, backed up by some brilliant award-winning beers.

Deanston Distillery

Whatever you choose do, you’ll no doubt find Stirling and the Trossachs both entertaining and beautiful.

This article was written by the team at The Inn at Kippen – an award-winning Scottish restaurant with rooms on the outskirts of Stirling! Enjoy a relaxing break at the Inn – the perfect base for exploring Stirling and the Trossachs. We have a choice of modern rooms available to book for overnights stays.