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  • 1 Hilltop Viewpoint Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Aberfoyle FK8

    North of the village of Aberfoyle, Hilltop Viewpoint affords an excellent panorama of the Trossachs (viewing-table) encompassing various mountains (Ben Venue, Ben An, Ben Ledi and the Menteith Hills to the east), several lochs (Loch Katrine, the Fing..

  • 2 Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Callander

    From Callender to Loch Venachar in the east and Loch Katrine and the shores of Loch Lomond to the west, the rugged mountains and wooded slopes of the Trossachs are reflected in the waters of countless lakes. Since 2002, this superb region, which rose..

  • 3 Loch Katrine Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    A821 GB - Stronachlachar FK7

    Loch Katrine, surrounded by peaks and woodland, is in the beautiful region of the Trossachs. This very long loch (16km) has served as a reservoir for Glasgow since 1859. To get a closer look, stroll or cycle down the lovely road alongside the north b..

  • 4 Ben Lomond Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Rowardennan Lodge G63

    The shapely peak rises to an altitude of 974m towering over the eastern bank of the "Queen of Scottish Lochs". The peak is the most southerly of the Highland Munros. At its feet lies the Highland Way which starts from Milngavie, north of Gl..

  • 5 Stirling Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castle Esplanade GB - Stirling FK8 1EJ

    Given its situation on a steep rock overlooking the plains of the Forth, Stirling Castle was one of the most powerful and invincible castles in Scotland. A masterpiece of Renaissance decoration, Stirling, like the royal residences of Falkland and Lin..

  • 6 National Wallace Monument Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    rd. Hillfoots GB - Stirling FK9 5LF

    This 19C monument is a familiar landmark standing guard over Abbey Craig (110 m). It commemorates William Wallace (1270-1305), the patriot who rallied the Scots against English domination from 1297-1305. The following he inspired in the 19C has recen..

  • 7 Dunblane Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The Cross GB - Dunblane FK15 0AQ

    Dunblane has been an ecclesiastical centre since Celtic times. The diocese created around 1150 by David I was proud of its cathedral, a fine example of 13C Gothic architecture. It was reworked in the 15C, neglected (but not pillaged) after the Reform..

  • 8 Cathedral Close Interesting

    Religious buildings

    The Cross GB - Dunblane FK15 0AQ

    The peaceful aspect of the garden has been preserved. The Dean's House (1624) contains a museum devoted to the cathedral and the city. Note the exhibits relating to Bishop Leighton, the three Chisholm bishops and a fine collection of communion tokens..

  • 9 Doune Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rd. Castle GB - Doune FK16 6EA

    This formidable castle overlooks Ardoch Burn and the Teith. It was built in the late 14C by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany and his son, Murdoch, successively regents of the country during the captivity of James I in England. The outstanding feature o..

  • 10 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    The castle GB - Stirling FK8 1EH

    Distinctions won on the battlefield, flags, medals, peacetime and wartime uniforms, documents and photographs: an array of exhibits covering close to 200 years of the history of this regiment and its heroic moments such as the Battle of Balaclava (18..

  • 11 Argyll's Lodging Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Stirling FK8 1EG

    This splendid private residence was built in 1632 by Sir William Alexander, the founder of Nova Scotia. When he died, the house passed to the Argyll family who altered and extended it. On the street side, this manor house with an inner courtyard is s..

  • 12 Church of the Holy Rude Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Mar Place GB - Stirling FK8 1ED

    Built in stages on the site of an older church destroyed by fire, the oldest parts of this church (the nave and the lower part of the tower) date back to the first half of the 15C. The nave with its round pillars supporting broken arches still has th..

  • 13 Benmore Botanic Garden

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Benmore PA23 8QU

    This wooded garden is set in a pleasant mountain site. It is renowned for its conifers and collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. The principal blooming season is from the end of April until early June.

  • 14 Battle of Bannockburn Centre

    Museums and art

    rd. Glasgow GB - Bannockburn FK7 0LJ

    An equestrian statue (1964) of Robert Bruce (1274-1329), erected inside the rotunda, marks the king's command post on the eve of the Battle of Bannockburn where, on 24 June 1314, he routed the English troops. Bannockburn was a turning point in the wa..

  • 15 Falls of Leny

    Nature and gardens

    A84 GB - Callander

    The Falls of Leny cascade over the rocks in a wooded gorge to join the River Teith. Spates bring the salmon upstream to Loch Lubnaig, which is overlooked by the towering form of Ben Ledi.

  • 16 Inchmahome Priory

    Religious buildings

    GB - Port of Menteith FK8 3RA

    This island monastery can be reached by ferry. To attract the ferryman's attention when he is on the island, turn the white board on the jetty. The mid-13C ruins include those of the church. The west doorway is set in a deep recess (carved arch) and ..

  • 17 Cambuskenneth Abbey

    Religious buildings

    st. North GB - Stirling FK9 5NB

    Founded in 1147 by David I, this Augustine monastery became one of the most prosperous and influential. Its abbots were mainly famous statesmen. The proximity of Stirling made it a royal protection, and the abbey was setting for several meetings of t..

  • 18 Scotland's Safari Park

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    A84 GB - Doune FK9 4UR

    Tigers, lions, zebras, deer, monkeys, giraffes and camels come and go in this wildlife park in the grounds of the private Blair Drummond castle. Visitors can go on a boat safari to Chimpanzee Island to enjoy a sea-lion show.

  • 19 Mar's Wark

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Broad GB - Stirling FK7

    Ruined but nevertheless impressive, the façade is all that is left of a palace started but never completed in 1570 for John Erskine (1510-1572), the Regent and 1st Earl of Mar who, as Hereditary Keeper of the castle and guardian of Prince James, need..

  • 20 Cowane's Hospital

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    49 St John Street GB - Stirling FK8 1ED

    Until recently occupied by the town hall, this E-shaped building was founded by John Cowane (c 1570-1633) to offer asylum to 12 local people. Built between 1633 and 1639, the premises include a refectory with a dormitory above. The benefactor, a Memb..

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