Local attractions

For more information about the Stirling area, places to visit, and things to do, visit www.explore-stirling.com.

Loch Katrine Steamer - Sir Walter Scott

The Steamship Sir Walter Scott has been sailing sedately on Loch Katrine since 1900. Cruises start from Trossachs Pier and the trip takes passengers as far as Stronachlachar before returning to the departure point. The boat is aptly named as it was Loch Katrine that inspired the author Sir Walter Scott to write the Lady of the lake.

Loch Katrine is an ideal location for walkers and cyclists of all ages. It offers a fine opportunity to admire close at hand the tumbling, clear burns, the beautiful woodlands and a chance to glimpse the wildlife that inhabits the surrounding area.

Trossachs Pier has ample car parking, located here is Katrinewheelz cycle hire, Captains rest Licensed café, gift shop. There is also as tearoom at Stronachlachar. Why not take the Steamer to Stronachlachar and walk or cycle back to Trossachs Pier?

The Steamship Sir Walter Scott ltd.
Trossachs Pier
Loch Katrine
Website: www.lochkatrine.com

Inveraray Jail

Since opening in 1989 Inveraray Jail has established itself as one of Scotland's most exciting heritage attractions. It has won many awards including European Museum of the Year and Scottish Tourism Oscar.Visit the magnificently restored 1820 Courtroom where you can sit with the 30 lifelike models and listen to excerpts from trials of the past. Then pass on to the prisons below, and meet with our Warder, Matron and Prison Guides, all dressed in period costumes.

Inverary Jail
Church Square
PA32 8TX
T: 01499 302381
Website: www.inverarayjail.co.uk

Deep Sea World

Beneath the waves comes to life at the triple award winning National. The wonders of the world beneath the waves comes to life at the triple award winning National Aquarium of Scotland.

Deep Sea World
Battery Quarry
North Queensferry
KY11 1JR
T: 01383 411880
F: 01383 410514
Website: www.deepseaworld.co.uk

The Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel boat lift is an exceptional feat of modern engineering and is already being recognised as an inspirational sculpture for the 21st Century.

Designed to reconnect the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals and sited in a natural open amphitheatre at Rough Castle near Falkirk, this remarkable and elegant mechanical marvel is the only rotating boat lift in the world and truly one of a kind.

Visitors can soon enjoy 'The Falkirk Wheel Experience' using special amphibious "trip" boats at the site and the distinctive new visitor centre gives an absolutely sensational viewpoint from which to see the Wheel in action. The Falkirk Wheel boat lift can carry eight or more boats at a time with a single trip taking about 15 minutes and providing an unforgettable experience and great 'day out' for all the family.

Visitor Centre,
The Falkirk Wheel
Lime Road
Falkirk FK1 4RS
Website: www.falkirk-wheel.com

The Royal Botanical Gardens

Home to over 6% of all known plants, the Garden is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world where unusual and beautiful plants can be found. Tender plants have always been an important part of the Living Collections and the Glasshouses featuring Britain's tallest Palm House, is a haven for botanical wonders in ten climate zones. Discover some of the world's oldest plants in the Orchid & Cycad House. Edinburgh's most famous tropical rainforest, the Tropical Aquatic House, displays well-known and economically important plants, including bananas and rubber, as well as some familiar houseplants. The world's largest collection of vireya rhododendrons, originally from the mountains of New Guinea and Borneo, are on display in the Peat and Rock House. These beautiful species share their house with plants that feed on insects!

The Royal Botanical Gardens
20a Inverleith Row
T: 0131 552 7171
Website: www.rbge.org.uk

Scotch Whisky Experience

Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, Scotch Whisky Experience welcomes whisky lovers from across the world, for a variety of tours and tasting events. Amongst its famous attractions are a ‘barrel-ride’ through the history of Scottish whisky-making, a renowned tasting school, and the world’s largest whisky collection, comprising over 4,000 bottles. Winner of the Scottish Tourist Board’s “Tourism For All” Thistle Award, the Scotch Whisky Experience is fully accessible for disabled visitors, and families with children.

Scotch Whisky Experience
354 Castlehill
The Royal Mile
T: 0131 220 0441
Website: www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk

Museum of Scotland

The Museum of Scotland is a striking new landmark in Edinburgh's historic Old Town and has been described as the finest Scottish building of the twentieth century. The museum presents for the first time, the history of Scotland - its land, its people and their achievements - through rich national collections. It houses more than 10,000 of the nation's most precious artefacts, as well as everyday objects which throw light on life in Scotland throughout the ages. Adjacent to the Royal Museum. Individual admission to the regular exhibits is FREE!

Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
T: 0131 247 4422
Website: www.nms.ac.uk

The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia, a five-star attraction in Edinburgh's historic port of Leith.

The experience starts in the Visitor Centre where you can discover Britannia's fascinating story. Then step aboard for a self-led audio tour (available in 11 languages with a special handset for children in English) which takes you around five decks, giving a unique insight into what life was like for the Royal Family, Officers and Yachtsmen.

Following Britannia's move to Ocean Terminal in October 2001 there is even more to see with the opening of further areas of the ship, including the Royal Marine Barracks, the Laundry and the Sick Bay.

Ocean Terminal
T: 0131 555 5566
Website: www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

Our Dynamic Earth

Our Dynamic Earth is one of the newest and most exciting attractions to have opened in Edinburgh in recent times. Housed in a striking, tented structure, there is plenty of interactive entertainment on offer for both kids and adults alike. Charting the Earth's progress and development over the last 4,500 million years might sound like an intimidating prospect for anyone planning to visit a city centre attraction, but Our Dynamic Earth makes it easy. The floors shake, volcanoes erupt, rain falls and all the while children giggle and whoop, delighted by buttons to press and beasties to touch and cower from.

Our Dynamic Earth
Holyrood Road
T: 0131 550 7800
Website: www.dynamicearth.co.uk

Stirling Castle

Without doubt one of the grandest of all Scottish castles, both in its situation on a commanding rock outcrop and in its architecture. The Great Hall and the Gatehouse of James IV, the marvellous Palace of James V, the Chapel Royal of James VI and the artillery fortifications of the 16th to 18th centuries are all of outstanding interest.

Strirling Castle
Castle Wynd
T: 01786 450000
Website: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

Active Scotland

A leading outdoor activities provider
Crieff Road
FK19 8PU

Reception: 01567 830321

Email: office@activescotland.com

Web: www.activescotland.com