Created by Margaret Tully.
Do you want to steep in Scotland´s rich history? Stirling is a Mecca for facts and fun, rolled into one.
Scotland plays host to this years Golf Ryder Cup, at the prestigious Gleneagles golf and country resort.
Scotland is an ideal location for lovers of the sport but also many other activities. Only twenty minutes from Gleneagles is the largest city in Scotland – Stirling.
Home to a large castle known simply as Stirling Castle, where you will have a great day out. The building itself is impressive, with its turrets and thick stone built walls. The freedom within the castle itself is excellent, despite its prestige it is a welcoming place to visit and there are many interactive ways of learning the history of the castle and the city of Stirling.
If you enjoy walking, then in Stirling you can walk through woodland and on the edges of a river from Stirling Castle all the way to the National Wallace Monument. This is yet another impressive attraction – the movie “Braveheart”· about Sir William Wallace has its roots here. If you are not keen to climb internally to the top of the monument for amazing views across the countryside, then there has been a little room, laid aside for people to rest and relax. Or you can enjoy a coffee and a cake or a bowl of soup in Legends café and gift shop, that has unspoilt views out to the monument.
As if castles and monuments were not enough, then just over 30 minutes from Gleneagles you can find a palace. Scone Palace, where the story of the “stone of destiny” is told and the elegant rooms are on display, not to mention the gardens, that are beautiful. The estate offers the opportunity to take part in clay pigeon shooting and fishing on the River Tay.
Within the centre of the city itself are many historical features, alongside the modern facilities of any major city. There are many opportunities for shopping, being that there are many shopping malls and high street stores.
There is a grand concert hall, known as the Albert Halls which has an array of different genre of musical shows and individuals. Within the halls you can find Henderson´s Bistro, which is a fantastic place to eat, lunch or dinner.
Staying on the subject of food, you can be lucky and find some “great street food” being served by the company, Loving Food, which operates from a mobile vintage truck, painted yellow and green. The food is exceptional and it is a novel twist on the hamburger vans you see in market towns.
Scotland has always had a strong link with Asian and Indian cuisines and the curry has almost become the national dish. To enjoy an Indian in Stirling, one of the best venues is Maharaja Indian Restaurant which is situated not far from the castle, on King Street. The food can be taken away, if you fancy taking it back to your accommodation, or you can have a la carte. It is a wonderful friendly ambience and the balance of décor is spot on, the mix of cultures merge perfectly.
City´s can be overwhelming at times and if you are not on the golf course then perhaps you want to go to King´s Park. This is an excellent green space that caters for children, with playground facilities and a traditional helter skelter. It is also a lovely place to eat a picnic lunch. Vast areas laid to grass are a welcomed site away from the built up city centre. Older children will be able to make new friends on the purpose built skateboard park or on the tyre swings. You are not far away from a golf course here either, the Stirling Golf Club is right next door so this area of Stirling offers something for everyone in your group or family.
Enjoy a vacation in Scotland at any time of the year and you will be greeted with a big welcome, even on cold days, there is always something to do and a warm fire to sit next to.