Things to do near Doune

Trossachs Trail

Harbour Cafe, Loch Venechar FK17 8HP.

Border of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Restaurant, cafe, fishing, boar hire.

Ben A’an offers one of the most rewarding views for the least effort. 

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in the Trossachs is also home to Go Ape and a tearoom serving Italian ice-cream. You can spend the day strolling through the woods, with streams and waterfalls. 

The Three Lochs Forest Drive can be factored into a day trip that takes in most of the places and things to do listed here. 

Loch Katrine. Walk, cycling trail (bikes for hire) tearoom.

Loch cruise – Sir Walter Scott steam boat on Loch Katrine

The Scottish Wool Centre, Aberfoyle sells affordable knits and take-home gifts. 

Loch Ard is one of so many of the Scottish Lochs you may have difficulty choosing a favourite.

Go Ape, Aberfoyle is an adrenaline packed day out, high in the tree tops. 

Doon Hill Fairy Walk, Aberfoyle is very enjoyable. Remember to take a ribbon to leave your wish tied to the tree.

 

Stirling

Stirling Castle

Old Town Jail

Bannockburn Experience

The Engine Shed, Stirling. Interactive- great for the whole family.

Vue Cinemas

The Peak: Ice skating and swimming 

Places to eat in Stirling

It’s a city so you can find all the usual franchies.  Grub can be found at Toast – Stirling. Next to the Engine Shed, Nandos, Beefeater – just off the train.

If you’re in the town, it’s worth looking out the Green Grocer on 81 Port Street. The skylight in the restaurant make it a cheerful place to eat on even the dullest day. 

If you’re driving, visit the Gallery Restaurant Stirling Campus Drip Road Drip Road, Stirling FK8 1SE Scotland. A learning catering college. Fine dining for take-away prices. Booking is essential. 

On your way back home to Doune, the Smiddy is on the main road in from Stirling. Refuel. My best dish is the avocado, bacon on sour dough bread. 

Bridge of Allan

Wallace Monument

Walk: Darn Walk Bridge of Allan to Dunblane

Places to eat in Bridge of Allan

Bridge of Allan has plenty of choice all along the one ‘drag’, the main road through the town, Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan. FK9 4HR.

CIAO Italian fast food – that you can enjoy sitting in. And possibly the best latte in Stirling.

Friend of Mine. Café come bistro. Asian influence and plenty of veggie options.

Jam Jar  Café by day, restaurant by night.

La Cucina – incredible value for money for early dining.

The Royal – afternoon teas, lunch, dinner and most often frequented for weddings. Glam but a little overpriced, a special occasions kind of place. However canny visitors can get great menu discounts mid-week.

The Allan Water Café – traditional fish and chips. Grab an ice-cream and enjoy it alongside the river.

Falkirk – on the way to Edinburgh

The Kelpies, Falkirk. Take  a stroll through the park and on a warm day splash in the fountains and enjoy a whippie ice cream. 

Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk – a feat of engineering. You can make a full day of it by going on a canal trip or walking or cycling along the canal itself. The Falkirk Cameon viaduct.

Dunblane

You can enjoy a 4 mile walk from Doune to Dunblane, which is mostly flat and along an old train line, now a cycle path.  

Dunblane Cathedral is one of the few last medieval Scottish churches.

The Riverside is a cozy place to finish a riverside walk, being a British pub with coffee and cakes, for good measure.

Kippen

Flanders Moss Natural Nature Reserve leaves an impression. Suitable for all ages with a look out tower and circular, easy-going walk. On the very coldest day imaginable, the place is magical.

The WoodHouse Coffee Shop in Kippen (Kippen Station | FK8 3JA, Kippen FK8 3JA) is casual and offers up excellent platters including seafood and ploughmans. Perhaps it’s a bit weird to rate a restaurant on the quality of their homemade salad dressing, but it’s one reason I keep returning.