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The Ochil Hills © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

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Stirling 4 Day Itinerary

It's time to sink your teeth into some of Scotland's regional delights. Take a culinary journey in and around Stirling as you sample the crème de la crème of fine Scottish cuisine. From mouth-watering steaks and seafood favourites to luxury artisan ice cream.
Of course, we've got plenty of activities lined up to help you work up an appetite, as well as highlighting some of the best outdoor pursuits available. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready for an outdoor and foodie adventure like no other.

Transport

Car Cycle

Days

4

Miles

95

Route

Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

Highlights

Cycling, Food & Drink, Unforgettable views over Loch Lomond, Conic Hill, Canyoning and Canoeing

Areas Covered

Central Scotland

Day 1

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Hire a bike and explore the Forth & Clyde Canal

We're leaving the car behind today and exploring Falkirk on two wheels! Feel the wind in your hair by hiring an electric bike at The Falkirk Wheel. The whole family will be spoilt for choice when it comes to cycling routes. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for iconic sights along the way including the Kelpies and Callendar Estate. To help keep hunger at bay, stop by at The Croft and Creel restaurant offering a delicious seafood and steak menu. Looking for something sweet afterwards? A trip to Falkirk wouldn't be complete without heading to The Milk Barn, you'll be amazed at how many flavours of ice cream there are to choose from. Enjoy!
  • Miles

    7.5

  • Km

    12

  • Stops

    3

  • Transport

    Car Cycle

Cycling around Falkirk

On your bike! Cycling is a great way to travel more sustainably and is a fantastic way to visit must-see attractions in just a short time. During your visit to Falkirk, why not hire an electric bike at the Falkirk Wheel, the world's first and only rotating boat lift. Cycle through the peaceful Forth & Clyde canal towpath to Helix Park and marvel at the magnificent Kelpies - a great pit stop for a photo opportunity. If you're looking for more unique ways to travel in style, Segways are also available for hire.

Alternatively, head along the Union Canal towards the 200-year-old Falkirk Tunnel before exploring the extensive cycle trails in Callendar Estate, only 20 minutes from the Falkirk Wheel. There are lots of easy routes to choose from through the ancient forest, like the Canada Trail, ideal for the whole family.

Dine at The Croft and Creel

It's seafood and steak on the menu tonight! Both hailing from Orkney, Alex and Giovanna have brought the flavours of the islands to the heart of Scotland's central belt. The everchanging lunch and dinner menus will be sure to whet your appetite. Try the breaded monkfish scampi with pea puree and tartare sauce, or the grilled fillets of lemon sole with new season potatoes, asparagus and a herb butter sauce. Can't decide between seafood or steak? Enjoy the best of both worlds with lobster and steak, served with salad and chips on the side.

Enjoy a sweet treat at the Milk Barn

There's always room for pudding after dinner. Sweeten the deal by paying a visit to the Milk Barn. Using milk from their very own herd of cows, Suzannah and her team are putting a smile on their customer's faces with their delicious ice cream offering. Cherry Pie, Jaffa Cake, Scottish Tablet and Bubblegum Smurf are just some of the flavours available for you to try. Fancy milking a cow? Say hello to Glenda, The Milk Barn's resident fibreglass cow to improve your milking technique.

Day 2

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Get an unforgettable view of Loch Lomond

We're up bright and early today and taking things to new heights on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Take a walk up Conic Hill by Balmaha on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond where you'll be treated to Instagram-worthy views. To round off the day, reward yourself with a hearty meal at Oak Tree Inn across from Conic Hill car park. Looking to boost your energy levels after a day of walking? Treat yourself to a well-deserved coffee or ice cream at St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour.
  • Miles

    28

  • Km

    45

  • Stops

    2

  • Transport

    Car

Enjoy a walk with a view at Conic Hill

Scotland is known for its mesmerising views, so we thought this next place deserves a worthy mention. Plan a family walk up to Conic Hill. Standing 361m high, this short but steep walk offers incredible vistas. Loch Lomond and its many islands, as well as the rocky Arrochar Alps and the most southerly Munro, Ben Lomond will make a star appearance in your photos.

For the more adventurous souls, bag a Munro and tackle the mighty Ben Lomond with views that are just as spectacular.

Before you go…

  • The weather in Scotland can be very unpredictable at times and its best you come fully prepared before you set off on your walk. Make sure to bring your waterproofs, hiking poles and most importantly wear hiking boots as the ground can be very rocky and rough. If you wish to tackle this hike in the summer months, make sure to stay hydrated and bring plenty of water with you. Find out more about safety outdoors in Scotland.

Have lunch or dinner at Oak Tree Inn

After your climb, treat yourself to a hearty meal at the welcoming Oak Tree Inn across from the Conic Hill car park. Enjoy classic Scottish dishes such as cullen skink, haggis, neeps & tatties and homemade steak pie. Holidays are also the perfect excuse to try new things, have a taste of their very own limited edition Balmaha whisky. Hungry for dessert or looking for your caffeine fix? Head next door to St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour, where all the coffee and ice cream is made on-site.

Day 3

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Delve into the Glens of the Ochils

Descend into the unknown and experience one of the most dramatic adventures in the area. Vertical Descents will guide you through all the sliding, climbing and jumping required to see Dollar Glen, next to Castle Campbell in the Ochil Hills, from the most unique perspective. A well-deserved pit stop will be needed after this adventure.
  • Miles

    37

  • Km

    60

  • Stops

    3

  • Transport

    Car

© Kenny Lam

Canyoning with Vertical Descents

A canyoning experience in Dollar Glen is sure to be the ultimate adrenaline fix. Immerse yourself outdoors with Vertical Descents. Expect big jumps, abseils and slides galore, perfect for those who are looking for a real adventure.

Known as one of Scotland's most dramatically positioned castles, head back to dry land to explore Castle Campbell when it reopens its doors again. Enjoy a history lesson like no other and discover more about the Earls of Argyll, an important family from medieval Scotland. During the warmer weather, make sure to take a leisurely stroll around the terraced gardens, a favourite spot where the family would come to relax.

Muircot Farmshop

After a morning of thrills, you will have no doubt have worked up an appetite! We're having lunch with a view at Muircot Farmshop. Tuck into a delicious light lunch and remember to save room afterwards for lots of tasty home baking. With stunning views over the Ochil Hills, it's easy to see why this is a favourite pit stop for visitors.

Looking to find the perfect gift for a loved one or step up your cooking game at home? Stock up on the very best of local Scottish produce. Local suppliers include the Ochil Honey Company, Puddledub Pork and Sarah Gray's preserves, to name a few.

Explore Gartmorn Dam and Country Park

End your fantastic day out with a visit to Gartmorn Dam and Country Park. Enjoy a gentle stroll along the woodlands with fine views over Clackmannanshire and the Firth of Forth. The park is also a haven for wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels scampering among the branches as well as many species of birds who reside here during the summer months.

Looking for a place to rest your head? Choose a luxury glamping stay at Dam View Glampsite. Situated within Gartmorn Dam Nature Reserve, each luxury lodge has 3 bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and a roll top bath. Spend summer evenings, relaxing on the balcony with a glass of wine in hand as you listen to the crackle of your very own firepit while the sun sets. Simply bliss!

Day 4

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Paddle the Hidden Lochs of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

It might be our final day but that doesn't stop us from squeezing in one last activity and a bite to eat. We're taking to the water for a spot of canoeing on the south shore of Loch Lomond before ending our holiday sampling some of central Scotland's finest produce.
  • Miles

    23

  • Km

    37

  • Stops

    2

  • Transport

    Car

Loch Lomond

Head to The Woodhouse to plan a picnic feast

The secret ingredient to the perfect break is delicious food. For a real taste of Scotland, stop in at The Woodhouse in Kippen. Start the day off right with some breakfast favourites including eggs benedict with Dingwall black pudding or, if you really want to line your stomach, dig into a full Scottish breakfast.

The Woodhouse is also a great place for all your picnic essentials. Buy some Strathearn Cheese for your sandwich fillings and for something sweet to finish off, head chef Laurie's tablet will sure go down a treat.

Go canoeing in Loch Lomond

We're heading back to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond to conclude our trip in and around Stirling. Hire a canoe from Portnellan Organic Farm on the south shore of Loch Lomond. Paddle on the tranquil waters and enjoy your picnic on one of the 23 islands on the loch, a great location for some al fresco dining!