Explore historic Stirlingshire

Blair Drummond is ideally positioned as a base for which to explore Scotland.

A suggested itinerary for a weeks stay

Day 1 – Arrive
Day 2 – Explore BD estate and surrounding area, visit the Safari Park
Day 3 - Edinburgh City – 1 hour by car
Day 4 - Glasgow City – 1 hour by car
Day 5 - Fife, St Andrews, Anstruther and Crail
Day 6 - Loch Lommond and the Trossachs –20 minutes by car
Day 7 – Crieff, Aberfledy, Killin, Loch Earnhead, Callander
Day 8 - Depart

Local attractions

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

A wild day out and on the door step. Everything from African Elephants to Chimpanzees, with excellent Bird of Prey and Sea Lion shows. Leave a whole day if you have time. Multiple entry tickets available at the caravan site office, call 01786 841430 to book yours.

Stirling Castle

Overlooking the Carse of Stirling, an ancient Royal Palace. Recently refurbished and well worth a visit. Full of interest for all ages. Probably more popular than Edinburgh Castle.

Doune Castle

Ancient seat of the Earls of Moray. Was used as a set for Monty Pyton and the Holy Grail and the BBC Ivanhoe series. Take a picnic, the setting is beautiful and the River Teith flows past.

Wallaces Monument, Stirling

A Memorial to William Wallace. Great views from the top but an awful lot of steps.

Sir Walter Scott, Steamship on Loch Katrine

This is a great treat. There are several sailings a day. On the early sailing it is possible to hire bikes or take your own (you must book to do this) sail up to the end of the loch and bike back. Very dramatic scenery and with a picnic it can take all day.

Inchmaholm Priory, Lake of Mentieth

This involves a short boat trip to the priory island. Loved by children and adults. Again a good trip with a picnic on a hot day. Wonderful bluebells in season and the Lake Hotel is near the departure point for a wee refreshment.

Bannockburn Visitor Centre, Stirling

Recently refurbished and 3D battle experience.

Go Ape

A high wire course near Aberfoyle. Call 0845 6439215 for info.

Deanston Distillery

Deanston on the way into Doune. Well worth a visit. They now have a good café.

Drummond Castle Gardens

Just South of Crieff, The gardens date from the 1630 and are the best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland. They are well worth a visit. Usually open at Easter and from 1st May to 31st October from 1pm. Call 01764 681433 for info.

Argaty Kites, Doune

Red Kites are making a comeback in Scotland. Visitors to the centre have a great chance to view these birds from a purpose built hide. Call 01786 841799 for more info.

Falkirk

Callender House, Falkirk

A French Style Chateau complete with turrets in Falkirk. The house stands in fine park land and hosted Oliver Cromwell, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots. Extensive exhibitions including those of 19th Century clock making, shop keeping and printing. A tea shop in the old stables and wooded grounds a delight to explore. Call 01324 503770 for more info.

The Kelpie Horses, Falkirk

At the junction of the Fourth and Clyde Canal and Union Canal the wheel replaces a flight of 11 locks. The perfectly balanced boat lift was completed in 2002. Call 08700 500208 for more info.

Edinburgh

There is a good park and ride adjacent to the airport and a trip by tram into the city centre. Or go in by train leaving from Dunblane and park below Tesco. Trains every thirty minutes. The castle, Camera Obscura, Museums, Dynamic Earth and most of the galleries are within easy walking distance of the station. The Botanic Gardens and the Gallery of Modern are a short bus ride/long walk.

Edinburgh Castle

Scotland most visited tourist attraction. Call 0131 225 9846 for more info.

Camera Obscura

Up near the castle, great views of the city and an excellent shop.

The Museum of Scotland and the Chamber Street Museum

These are adjacent to each other. They are a must, like a natural history museum combined with science museum. Everything from steam engines to elephants. You will also see the gold torques found on Blair Drummond and dating from 300 BC. Free Entrance.

Galleries of Modern Art, National Gallery and Portrait Gallery

Entry to these establishments are all free.

Botanic Gardens

Just north of the city centre and well worth a visit.

Royal Yacht Britannia

Is moored at Leith and is a popular destination.

Edinburgh Zoo

Visit the Pandas.

Dynamic Earth

A highly successful childrens science museum. Call 0131 550 7800 for more info.

Glasgow

Glasgow is forty minutes by road and there are good car parks. Alternatively leave the car in Dunblane at the car park below Tesco and take the train. There is an antiquated tube which will take you to the Kelvin Grove, and the ride is fun.

Kelvingrove Museum

This is a must. The Kelvingrove has everything from French Impressionists, to Elephants and armour. Brilliant for children and adults. Free entry.

Hunterian Gallery

A short walk from the Kelvingrove. A wonderful collection of Whistlers and Scottish artists.

Gallery of Modern Art

Royal Exchange Square, Central Glasgow. Free entry.

Riverside Museum/ Scotland's Museum of Transport/Tall Ship

This is a must. Everything from steam engines to a tall ship, with old trams, motorbikes and a replica city street with pub and pawnbroker. The Museum is on the Clyde about ten minutes from the city centre. Call 0141 207 2660 for more info.

Burrell Collection, Pollockshaws, Glasgow

The Burrell Collection houses a unique collection of over 8,000 objects gifted to Glasgow by Sir William Burrell in 1944. Focusing on late medieval and early Renaissance Europe, it also contains important examples of Chinese and Islamic art, French Paintings and Ancient Civilisations. It includes work by major artists including Rodin, Degas and Cézanne. Free but check for opening as it is due for refurbishment. Well worth a visit and right next door to Pollock House a National trust Property.

Approximate driving times from Blair Drummond Caravan Park to...

Edinburgh – 1 Hour
Glasgow – 1 Hour
Stirling – 20 Minutes
Dunblane – 15 Minutes
Doune – 10 Minutes
Falkirk – 20 minutes
Callander – 20 Minutes
St Andrews – 1hr 20 minutes
Bridge of Allen – 20 minutes
Perth – 30 Minutes