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Stirling's Hidden Gems

VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
Stirling is one of Scotland's seven cities, and every city has its well kept secrets! Here are some of Stirling's hidden gems.

The Stirling Arcade

This 19th century shopping mall is full of independent stores and cafe that dates back to 1882.  Only one of five in Scotland, the Stirling Arcade is a really cool place to come to relax, grab something to eat and do a bit of shopping!

Blair Drummond Safari Park

Not quite a hidden gem but it is a top spot for families when they are visiting Stirling.  Everyone of all ages is bound to love Blair Drummond as you drive around among all of the exotic animals.  Just don't bring any tigers home for tea!

The Meadowpark Restaurant

On the outskirts of Stirling, The Meadowpark is a unique mixture of home-cooked British and Mediterranean foods with a great and varied selection of beers and wines!

What hidden gems can you think of in Stirling?  Share your stories down below!

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  • EwanEwan Member ✭✭✭
    Good idea for a thread!  Beyond Stirling's more famous attractions (Stirling Castle, Bannockburn, the Wallace Monument, the Old Town Jail) my recommendations (as a local resident) include:

    - See the Castle from the King's Knot, just below the castle on the western side of the city (free).  The King's Knot used to be a royal hunting forest several centuries ago.  If you're lucky you can meet the Highland coos who live there these days ...  Good photo opps!

    - Take a walk up Dumyat, the hill that overlooks Stirling and Bridge of Allan to the north east (also free!).  Take the road that winds steeply up behind Stirling University; there's a car park near the start of the walk.  It'll take you a couple of hours up and down - great views.

    For eating, my recommendations include:

    - The Hideaway cafe in nearby Bridge of Allan - a real gem, a 40s/50s-style cafe in an old telephone exchange at the rear of Tesco on the main road.  It rivals the best cafes in Edinburgh or Glasgow for sure

    - Corrieri's cafe at Causewayhead - a genuine 1930s Italian cafe famed for pizza and ice cream; also a great cyclists' cafe

    - Allan Water Cafe in Bridge of Allan - the best fish and chips in the area (great homemade ice cream too)

    - Portcullis Hotel (just 200m from Stirling Castle) - well known for huge portions of tasty bar meals

    - Gabe's Diner - good food, located near The Vue cinema

    - Cromlix House - for a splurge, excellent food, part-owned by Andy Murray, a few miles north of Dunblane.

    For kids: When my kids were young we visited Blair Drummond Safari Park annually as well as Briarlands Farm just next door to it.  There are also good parks at King's Park and Causewayhead, including a skatepark in King's Park.

    I'm now feeling hungry .......!

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