In the heart of Scotland lies Stirling and I was honoured to be invited to visit by Stirling Alive the local tourism board to try some of the many experiences the area has to offer whilst enjoying the sights of which there are plenty!
An area with so much that it really does suit everyone!
Photographers like myself can marvel in the historic castles like Stirling above, Doune, Campbell and more as well as the National Wallace Monument (below) as well as the wonderful nature in the Trossachs, the song worthy bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and some stunning hills like Ben A An and more.
"Happiness is a bookable experience!"
Fun seekers can try axe throwing, escape rooms or more creative activities like pottery which I absolutely loved! Tossing axes in the morning before tossing clay bowls in the afternoon was a good change of pace... whilst offering up plenty of innuendo based jokes for my inner child.
I then got to spend the Sunday in Loch Lomond with a cruise from Balmaha to Luss, I used to visit these places as a kid so it was great to go back as an adult and be reminded of some fun adventures with my grandparents in particular to Luss as they used to take me as my gran was a big fan of Take the High Road which was filmed there!
George the skipper was great with his tales and interesting facts about the area and making time for the folk onboard.
It was a great way to see the area with different routes and ticketing available catering nicely to families.
I managed a few trick shots at axe throwing but full disclosure it wasn't my first time going to one.
Loads of fun as a date day with a difference or as a group day out. The venue is right in the heart of the city so I would probably suggest going to this before then going for beers afterwards!
John the owner here was a great laugh and kept the session safe and fun, so much so its actually suitable for ages 10 and over.
Cindy the owner of Whimsy in the Wild in Aberfoyle was an absolute delight.
Pottery is something I have wanted to try for a long time.... no, not purely because of the movie Ghost but still. Creative people like creative activities.
There is the option of a short taster session which I did or a full day session and it is my full intention to go back for a full day as it really was great fun and she was a fantastic teacher.
The area has so much more such as Blair Drummond Safari Park, Tea with Naughty Sheep (which is literally as it sounds...) walking tours and other events and loads more making it an ideal location for everyone and anyone.
Families, friends, fun seekers and.... "f"otographers?! It is such a historically significant and diverse area and oft overlooked because it is between Glasgow and Edinburgh the two largest cities in the country.
Fortunately all the fun activities can all be found in one place where you can book it all nice and easily whilst finding out what events are on locally, what is coming up and what free activities are there to help keep busy on a budget.
A really great initiative by the local tourism group to make life easier for visiting and making the most of your time be sure to check it out.
Happiness is a bookable experience.
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