Although you'll never run short of things to do and see here, it's also a great base to explore further afield.
It was at Arbroath Abbey in 1320 that the Declaration of Arbroath was signed, asserting the country’s independence from England. The Abbey itself has substantial ruins, and part of the church and other buildings still remain.
Birks of Aberfeldy
The village of Aberfeldy has one of the most spectacular walks in the country. The Birks of Aberfeldy is a circular walk, which should take around an hour and a half. It winds through mature woodland on the outskirts of the village.
Cairn o’ Mohr Winery
Since 1987 the Cairn o’ Mohr Winery has been brewing up juicy-fruity, berry loaded, blossom scented, leafy layered, award-winning country wines, using the berries for which this area is famous, wild flowers, roots and leaves.
Camperdown Wildlife Centre
Camperdown Wildlife Centre has more than 50 species of animals, birds and reptiles, including lynx, wolves, ring-tailed lemurs and European brown bears. One of the most popular areas is the European otter enclosure.
The Edinburgh Dungeon is a unique attraction that brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, scenes and rides in an exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel.
Set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, Edinburgh Zoo is situated three miles to the west of the city centre. Apart from getting close to over 1000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out here.
The Falkirk Wheel is a fantastic day out with a difference! With boat trips, a cafe, gift shop, children’s activity zone, water play park and mini-canal, canoeing, bike hire and woodland walks; there really is something for everyone!
J D Fergusson was one of the most influential artists in Britain. The Fergusson Gallery holds his vast collection of artwork, along with the archive of his lifelong companion, the pioneer of modern dance, Margaret Morris.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
The Glasgow Botanic Gardens in the West End of Glasgow include a series of impressive glasshouses, most notably the iconic Kibble Palace. There’s a fantastic heritage trail through the gardens with almost 30 points of interest.
Glasgow Science Centre
Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland’s must-see visitor attractions. Inspiring people of all ages to explore and understand the world around them, to discover and enjoy science and understand its relevance to their own lives.
Colourful pipe bands, elegant highland dancers, huge strongmen tossing the caber and other events, stalls and entertainments are spread out in a picturesque and historic setting for the Bridge of Allan Highland Games.
The splendid painted ceilings are especially noteworthy in the magnificent Huntingtower Castle, which was at one time owned by the Ruthven family who held James VI captive here for 10 months.
JM Barrie’s Birthplace Museum
J M Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, spent his childhood in a small whitewashed cottage, and it’s now where JM Barrie’s Birthplace Museum is located that you can see traces of the creative spirit he was set to become.
The RSPB Loch Leven nature reserve offers a great day out for families and nature lovers alike. In the summer, you can see ospreys on the loch, and in the winter, thousands of geese, swans and ducks make the reserve their home.
Take a boat ride over to Lochleven Castle and follow in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots and Robert the Bruce. See the tower, still largely complete, a charming residential tower and just enjoy the quiet island setting.
Macrobert Arts Centre is a cultural hub for Stirling, the Forth Valley and Scotland as a whole. Offering a huge variety of activities with over 400 live performances of drama, dance, music, musical theatre and art exhibitions.
Dominating the scenery of Stirlingshire for miles is Stirling Castle, standing high on rocky crags above the town. It was once a favourite residence of Scotland’s royalty.
William Wallace Monument
Drop in to Causewayhead, with its monument to William Wallace. The view from the top is worth climbing its 247 steps. If you need reviving, there’s a coffee and gift shop.