Not far beyond Doune there are loads of interesting places to visit, from Stirling’s castle perched on its great rock to the majestic mountains just to the north.
Just 15 mins drive from Doune, is the lovely city of Stirling. There’s loads to do and see, from sport, music or the arts – there’s something for everyone. Also plenty of shopping in the old town or in malls just outside.
Stirling Castle is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally, and is easily the equal of the one in Edinburgh. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, an ancient volcanic crag. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position.
15 minutes north-west of Doune on the A84 is the village of Callander – always popular with tourists, though sometimes rather busy.
Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve
About 15 mins drive from Doune. Flanders Moss is the largest lowland raised bog in the UK, and a whole host of specialist plants and animals make their home in this fascinating place. You can enjoy the beautiful wilderness there by strolling along an all-abilities boardwalk, with a viewing tower that gives fantastic views across the reserve. There is something of interest all year round there. May and June are best for plants, July to September for lizards, and autumn and winter for birds of prey and geese.
The Peak Leisure Centre, Stirling
Gym, Swimming Pool, Climbing wall, Ice Rink, Outdoor Activities, Cafe
McLaren Leisure Centre, Callander
Just the far side of Callander on the A81 (20 mins drive).
Swimming, upgraded soft play, fitness suite, café etc.
Dobbies Garden Centre
About 10 mins drive from Doune. Plants galore, huge indoor shopping area, including Lakeland and various outdoor outlets, restaurant/coffee shop – a great place to go when the weather turns bad.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
The National Park boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the world. From breathtaking mountains and glens to the vast tranquil beauty of our lochs. Not to be missed if you have the time.
Photo on right is Loch Earn.