The National Wallace Monument dominates the landscape and uncovers the legendary story of Sir William Wallace, Scotland’s ‘Braveheart’, whilst perched high on the Castle Rock the spectacular Stirling Castle, once home of Mary Queen of Scots, lets you step back in time with a visit to the Royal Palace and the Great Hall, the largest banqueting hall ever built in medieval Scotland.

Try one of the many guided walks and discover the city’s dark past on the Stirling Ghost Walk, beginning at the spooky Old Town Jail. Other places of interest include the Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Argyll’s Lodging, a superb mansion built around 1630 and the impressive 15th century Church of the Holy Rude. Or why not sample some ales at the Bridge of Allan Brewery Visitor Centre, follow the Mill Trail or visit one of the many potteries in the area, including the Barbara Davidson Pottery & Gift Shop at Muirhill Farm, Larbert, where you’ll find fine hand-thrown pottery, unique gift ideas, designed and created on the premises.

Nearby, relive the famous Battle at the Bannockburn Heritage Centre, visit Callendar House, an imposing mansion with a 900 year history, gift shop and tearoom and witness a marvellous feat of mechanical engineering at The Falkirk Wheel, the only rotating boatlift in the world.

Don’t miss the chance to explore Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, taking in many more attractions on the way including the Blair Drummond Safari Park, Briarlands Farm, Doune Castle, Argaty.