The Trossachs Trail
The Trossachs Trail is a winner, by a leisurely country mile.
Pick one or even better pick them all – the attractions on the Trossachs Trail will excite, enthral and entertain you and give you many a day to remember.
On the Trail, you are just south of the Highlands, so you are guaranteed breath-taking scenery along with multiple opportunities to enjoy outdoor pursuits and catch a look at Scottish wildlife. Popular hit-lists include the steamship Sir Walter Scott, Doune Castle, Deanston Distillery and Blair Drummond Safari Park, but there are more highlights that will brighten any journey. Enchanting towns and villages along the way are ideal for lunch or a Scottish afternoon tea.
The Trossachs Trail is so rich in attractions it’s hard know where to begin, but one thing’s for sure – you won’t want it to end. Feel free to mix and match to suit your tastes – you won’t be disappointed.
On the Trail it’s easy to travel back in time. The magnificent Doune Castle can take you all the way to the late 14th century. Most striking feature is the 100ft high gatehouse, where the Lord’s Hall has its own musicians’ gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen.
Explore the nature trail in the grounds or take an audio tour of the castle narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, who will introduce you to past glories of the castle and its medieval residents, as well as regale you with tales of the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail which was filmed here. Fans of hit TV series Outlander will recognise Doune Castle as the setting of Castle Leoch.
Ancient, regal Stirling Castle can always crown any day out, and now there’s more than ever to see and do there. To step into the Castle’s Royal Palace is to enter an entrancing world of intrigue, power and treachery, and our talented costumed performers can help you bring it all to life. A new exhibition showcases some of the Castle’s amazing archaeology including the Stirling skeletons. There’s also plenty for younger visitors including dress-up, musical instruments and games, as well as our new Children’s Tour – History Hunters.
Arguably Stirling’s most famous landmark, the National Wallace Monument commemorates the life of Sir William Wallace and commands the scene of his most momentous victory, at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. Inside, don’t miss the Hall of Arms to learn how the battle was fought and won. Then head up to The Hall of Heroes to hear the inspirational story of Wallace’s life. Centrepiece is the Wallace sword, an iconic symbol of the man’s courage and skill. From atop The Monument, prepare for a view fit for a hero.
To celebrate a national hero, what better than the national drink, at Deanston Distillery. As an artisan whisky, Deanston is crafted the traditional way, and the welcome here is traditional too – forever friendly and informative. A visit to the distillery helps you understand the remarkable, age-old skills and commitment that go into creating every golden dram of this particular iteration of uisge beatha – the water of life.
Still on water, but just the fresh stuff, Loch Katrine has long been a popular visitor attraction in the Trossachs, and for over a century the beautiful loch has been home to the steamship ‘Sir Walter Scott’. Within the ‘Loch Katrine Experience’ we offer cruises on two ships, ‘Sir Walter Scott’, and the ‘Lady of the Lake’, which is named after the epic poem penned by Scott. Walks or hire bikes can take you deeper into the glorious scenery along the lochside. Afterwards, the Brenachoile Cafe Bar Restaurant overlooking the loch is ideal for a restorative tea or coffee.
Briarlands Farm is a breath of fresh air for anyone with children to entertain – make the most of the little trikes track, play frames and activity area. Add jumping bouncy pillows, go karts, mini diggers and animal paddocks and you’ll find that adults as well as children can be engrossed all day. If the weather’s wet, there’s an indoor play area, and the new Farmer’s Den tearoom serves hot and cold food using local suppliers and home baking
Amid 120 acres of stunning woodland less than ten minutes’ drive from Stirling on the A84, Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park has something for everyone to go wild about. From Amur tiger to zebra, otter to ostrich, lions to rhinos and more, you can see exotic creatures galore, plus bird of prey demonstrations, boat trips round Chimp Island, Keeper Talks, Pets Farm, Lemur Land and Bug Land and an adventure playground with a new fort. If that makes you as hungry as a lion, there are restaurant and snack bar facilities and plenty of picnic and BBQ spots.