We caught up with Stirling Youth Hostel Manager Aaron Wilson who gave us his guide to all the great things there are to do in and around Stirling.
Historically and architecturally important, it's hard to miss Stirling Castle situated on top of an impressive crag. Formerly home to Mary Queen of Scots, it is is considered to be one of Scotland's greatest stone castles. Inside you will find the largest medieval banqueting hall ever built in Scotland. What's more, it's only a 2 minute walk up the hill from Stirling Youth Hostel. On the way up you'll also pass Stirling Old Town Jail, and Cowane's Hospital, which dates back to the 17th century.
The setting for many film and TV productions, Doune Castle is of significant historical importance, and is a must-see for all visitors. Most recently the castle was used as one of the filming locations in Netflix film Outlaw King. Doune Castle, which is just a 15-minute drive from Stirling, was also chosen as the backdrop for popular TV shows, including Game of Thrones and Outlander.
Dollar Glen and Castle Douglas
Heading east from Stirling you could easily miss this postcard perfect location. The walks through the Glen make for a lovely day out, and the views from the ruins of Castle Campbell, which is nestled into the back of the Glen, are definitely worth the climb!
Hungry? Take a day-trip to Callander and enjoy lunch at this award-winning bakery, shop and tearoom. If you want to support local produce then this is the place for you - choose from mouthwatering sourdough bread, pastries and pies! Whether you're sitting in or taking away, you won't be able to resist picking up a few treats from the bakery which is attached to the cafe!
Check out the event listings and plan an evening out at Stirling Tolbooth, one of the best and most intimate live music and arts venues in Scotland. With a diverse programme of performers on the Tolbooth line-up, and its very own music festival, you're bound to find something to suit your taste!
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