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The city of Stirling is situated in the middle of central Scotland with great transport links to the rest of the country.  It has a mainline ailway station with regular trains to Edinburgh, Glasgow and the north of the country.   If you arrive by car the main motorway junctions are minutes from the city centre.    It's the ideal base for touring the attractions and countryside surrounding this historic city.     I've suggested the tour below, you probably won't have time to do everything but will give you a flavour of what you can do when visiting this area.

Day one:

Learn about Stirling's place in Scottish history by visiting:

Stirling castle

National Wallace Monument

Old Town Jail

Church of the Holy Rude

Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre

Stirling Smith Gallery and Museum

Evening Ghost Walk

Day Four:

Take a train from Stirling to Edinburgh city centre and visit the beautiful Scottish capital:

Edinburgh Castle

Royal Mile

National Museum of Scotland

Mary King's Close

Princes Street Gardens

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Gallery

Dynamic Earth exhibition

Open top bus trips round Edinburgh

Day Seven:

Take the car and follow the Fife Coastal Trail. Visiting the following village and towns:

Culross, with its historic palace and streets where Outlander is filmed.

Elie, Crail and Ansthruther.   Beautiful old fishing villages hugging the coast line.   Go for coastal walks between the villages and find some great coffee shops to chill and relax.

Finally finish in St Andrews, famous for its golf course and university.

Day Two

Get out of the city and see some countryside by visiting:

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Lomond Shores visitor centre

Loch Katrine for boat rides and bike hire

Climb and hike Ben Lomond, Ben Ledi, Ben An, Glen Finglas, Ben Venue

Lodge visitor centre at Aberfoyle

Kinlochard for lovely walks around Loch Ard

Take the car over Duke's Pass plus the Three Lochs Forest Drive

Day Five:

Take the car, explore Tayside and visit:

Crieff and Glen Turret Distillery

Hermitage walks

Pitlochry with its Hydro dam

Dunkeld and riverside walks

House of Bruar

Dundee, visit the V & A Design Museum next door to the famous Antarctic Discovery ship

Day Three:

Distillery and Dinosaurs:

Visit some local distilleries and try some local whisky and gin:

Stirling Gin

Deanston Whisky Distillery


Glen Turret

Blair Drummond Safari Park with new World of Dinosaurs

Day Six:

Take a train from Stirling and visit Glasgow, Scotland's largest city:

Riverside Transport Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Gallery of Modern Art

House for an Art Lover

People's Palace

Numerous shopping centres, pubs and restaurants 

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