Scotland’s rugged but beautiful landscape lends itself particularly well to outdoor adventures, making it the ideal staycation choice for any adventure thrill seekers. Hiking, mountain biking, sailing and kayaking are never too far away and Stirling has a fantastic array of outdoor pursuits to pick and choose from.
If you’re looking for activities that offer a guaranteed adrenaline rush, you’ve come to the right place! Scotland offers an incredible assortment of outdoor activities to enjoy. Hiking in Scotland can mean anything from a quick jaunt up Arthur’s Seat or a scenic walk around Loch Lomond’s shores (just a 30 minute drive from Stirling), to tackling Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. Surrounded by epic peaks, Glencoe is also becoming a popular hiking spot.
Walking is a brilliant activity to do as part of a day trip from Stirling. It’s free, suitable for all ages and gets bonus points for being fantastic exercise! It also offers you guaranteed social distancing and the chance to enjoy some much-needed fresh air. Swap your garden for the great outdoors and get back into nature this summer. Plus, book your staycation direct and benefit from early check in, late check out and a £10 dining credit to use at our restaurant.
If you’re keen to try a range of different activities on a weekend break, then you should definitely base yourself in an area where there are plenty of activities on your doorstep. Just a 30 minute drive from Stirling, Loch Lomond is the centrepiece of the Trossachs National Park and provides ample opportunities to get active this summer! With such a varied landscape of hills, glens, lochs and coastline, Loch Lomond is the perfect playground for all types of outdoor activities.
The Trossachs trail is a clear walking winner, by a country mile! This trail is bound to enthral and entertain you and definitely give you a day to remember. On the trail, you’ll encounter breath-taking scenery along with numerous opportunities to enjoy outdoor pursuits and catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. Popular spots include Doune Castle, the steamship Sir Walter Scott and Blair Drummond Safari Park.
SUPs or Stand Up Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing outdoor pursuits in Scotland and it’s easy to see why! From your position atop your paddleboard, you are rewarded with a stunning view of the loch and local scenery.
Cycling getaways are another great way to explore the breathtaking scenery and landscape of Scotland. If biking is to your liking, there’s really no better place to be than in Stirling, where the small scale city and picturesque countryside have appealed to cyclists for years.
One of the most popular routes takes you from Dunblane to Doune Castle & Deanston Distillery (roughly 10 miles). This is a particularly scenic route that’s perfect for all abilities. If you’ve opted to book our Great Outdoors Picnic Package, we definitely recommend stopping making a pitstop at Doune Castle and enjoying your picnic with a view.