With spring approaching, the days getting longer, and the weather showing slight signs of improvement, it’s officially time to exit ‘winter-hibernation-mode’!
Dust off your hiking boots, fill your bag with snacks, grab a buddy, and head out exploring our stunning Stirling area. Low on funds due to consuming one too many hot beverages over the past few months? These day-trips will fill your spring with wonderful memories, without burning a hole in your pocket.
Only an hour’s bus-ride away from Stirling, these waterfalls are definitely worth a visit on a sunny day. Located in the Callandar Crags just north of the pretty town of Callandar (featuring a toy museum, for anyone interested), there are circular walkways passing the falls.
Head up to the car park, take your first right and you are set for a lovely two-hour hike through varied woodland. After the reasonably straining trek there are plenty of cafes and bars downtown to keep you going – check out Apple Jack’s for their selection of scrumptious cakes.
How to get there: Bus 1, 59 from Stirling Bus Station (Stance 7)
Top Tip: Those morning coffees not enough to get you buzzing? Bring swimming gear – dipping in a Scottish waterfall sure wakes you right up.
If you are more into Game of Thrones and Outlander than wood-walks, hopping off the bus a few stops earlier would give you the chance of witnessing a popular film-location first hand.
This 14th century castle is open to the public, so enter the courtyard, take a step back in time and allow your imagination to roam free. Who knows, maybe you’ll spot Arya Stark sneaking around the corner.
How to get there: Bus 59 from Stirling Bus Station (alternatively a one hour bike-ride)
Top tip: Get there between the opening hours (Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm) and bring some cash for the unavoidable entry-fee of £6.00.
Last but not least, a full day spent enjoying the spectacular views featured on the walk across the Ochil peaks from Tillicoultry to Dollar will leave you amazed with the beauty of this country.
Once you start the ascent, the sound of silence will surround you and for the following few hours, nothing but stunning nature will meet your eyes (well, besides perhaps a sheep or two). On the way down, the path passes by a wee castle, then winds through Dollar Glen, which is full of bridge-crossings over deep gorges, and rumbling waterfalls. Accounting for photo and food-stops, the route takes about five hours to complete.
How to get there: Several services run from Stirling to Tillicoultry incl. 62/63, look online for most accurate schedule. Likewise on returning from Dollar.
Top tip: Pack lunch if you’re not you when you’re hungry – there are not too many food options up the top.