Things to do in or near Stirling

We (happily) spend a lot of time making recommendations to our guests about where to go. After all, many of them have come a long way.  We’ve both spent decades away from Scotland and sometimes feel like we are seeing it like tourists ourselves. So here are some snippets to inspire you when you stay in Doune and want to explore the surrounding areas for things to do.

The official video on things to do in Stirling. And perhaps best of all, it’s not all about the castle. Unless you are history mad or a fan of Outlander and other such dramas, once you’ve seen several castles, you may want too find time for other historical sites. After all there are 2,000 castles in Scotland.

If we were to recommend just three that are on the ‘must-see’ list, and more than likely en-route, in our humble opinion they are Edinburgh Castle, Doune Castle and Stirling Castle.

Travel itineary – castles – check. 

William Wallace Monument

The Wallace Monument found in Bridge of Allan, halfway between Doune and Stirling. 

This video brings to life the dramatic history of battles and clans lead by, you guessed it, William Wallace. 

Movie buffs may be amused to know that when they erected a stone statue in the carpark with the likeness of Mel Gibson it was defaced immediately. Scots are very proud of their defiant past and didn’t want their Scotsman trivialised by Hollywood.  

If you’re keen on history and photography this is an optimal destination.  You will need to make your way up the narrow, curved stone staircase which is a steep climb. But there is good news and good news. You can rest on each flight and learn a little history. And the views from the top are spectacular. 

The Corn Exchange

11-13 Corn Exchange, Stirling, FK8 2HX. The Corn Exchange has a laid-back atmosphere on the ground floor and the one floor up it’s a dance scene with dance floor and DJ performing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.They pride themselves on cocktails such as French Martini’s and Swizzle Sherbert’s. Check out their events

The Fubar Club

Fubar Stirling 6 Maxwell Place , Stirling FK8 1JU. An unforgettable night out. Plenty of events including; student nights, live gigs, club PA’s and DJ’s. The party happens every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. VIP areas are available with quieter surroundings. 

Nicky Tams Bar and Bothy

29 Baker Street, Stirling FK8 1BJ. An old pub, opened in 1718 it is full of character and characters. A free house it is competitively priced with a selection of locally brewed ales. If whisky is more your tipple they have a malt of the month and if you’re in a party mood, cocktail pitchers. Winners of the Best Scottish Pub 2015. There is entertainment most nights including; Open Mic, DJ set, live music (Saturday afternoons and some evenings), a pub quiz, tapas nights and live sports.

BrewDog Stirling

7 Baker Street, Stirling FK8 1BJ. Craft beer – a 15-tap BrewDog hop-den, serving from their own brand, other UK breweries and guest beermakers from overseas. On the subject of food they have classic bar food and rather good sour dough pizzas. Just a few minutes from the station and the castle, and ideal stop over for refreshments. 

The Kilted Kangaroo

9 Upper Craigs, Stirling FK8 2DG. An Aussie-themed Bar & Grill House. There is an established weekly programme of entertainment and a number of events during the year ranging from Stand-up Comedy Nights to day-long Music Festivals in the huge beer garden. The food isn’t great, but the atmosphere is.