Theme Parks & Days Out

STAYCATION SPECIAL

2 course dinner from our set menu, bed and breakfast from £39 per adult and £30 per child under 12 per night. Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to check in.

£39

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At a Glance

  • Location: 11 Miles East
  • Admission (2020): Visitor Centre Free, Boat Trip Adult £13.50, Child 5-15 £7.50
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

The Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel is an extraordinary sight to see, a huge rotating boat lift joining 2 canals with the boats being lifted 115 feet into the air. You can enjoy the full experience of The Falkirk Wheel during a 60 minute boat trip sailing through the sky to join the Union Canal 35m above. After smoothly moving along the aqueduct and through the Roughcastle tunnel to the beginning of the Union Canal, you will then descend back to the starting point and Visitor Centre.
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At a Glance

  • Location: 5.6 Miles South East
  • Admission (2020): Adult £16.50 Child (3-15 years) £13.50, Senior (60+ years) £13.50
  • Open: Mid March to October
  • More Information: View website

Blair Drummond Safari Park

Discover your sense of adventure with an expedition to Blair Drummond, home to over 350 rare and exotic animals. You can get up close to the animals and see the giraffes, experience the monkey drive-thru, immerse yourself in the sea lion and bird of prey presentations, and take a boat trip to Chimp Island before running wild in the giant adventure play area. An excellent fun filled day for all the family!
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  • Location: See text
  • Admission (2020): Free
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Loch Ness

If you fancy your chances as a Nessie spotter then a day out driving up to Inverness and a visit to Loch Ness may be for you. It’s a bit of a drive, 155 miles which takes around 3 hours, but the scenery is spectacular. Urquhart Castle which overlooks the Loch is probably the place to head for as the prime monster spotting location, but I wouldn’t hold your breath if you are hoping for a sighting! You can make the day a circular route by heading to Fort William along the A82 which skirts the Lochs and then under the shadow of Ben Nevis take the road through Glencoe and Loch Lomond back to Stirling. It will be a long day driving, but don’t forget your camera for the absolutely stunning views.

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At a Glance

  • Location: 40 Miles West
  • Admission (2020): Free
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is Britain’s largest stretch of inland water and is a scenic 40 miles drive from Colessio. It forms part of the National Park that includes the trossachs and has some of the most stunning scenery in the world. You can stroll along the shoreline, hike up a Munro or cycle over the Duke’s Pass – there really is so much to do including fishing, horse riding, water sports, climbing or just a gentle walk or a cruise on the Loch.

If you are looking for some hiking routes and ideas for your break then 10adventures.com has created a well researched useful guide here:
https://www.10adventures.com/hikes/loch-lomond-and-the-trossachs/

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At a Glance

  • Location: 30 Miles South West
  • Admission (2020): N/a
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Glasgow

Glasgow is a thriving city with superb entertainment and nightlife and a rich and varied architectural heritage. Top sights include the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Riverside Transport Museum and examples of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh including the famous Willow Tearooms on Sauchiehall Street. For a more eclectic visit then try the City Centre Mural Trail, the Tennents Brewery Tour or visit Celtic Park or Ibrox. If you are feeling more adventurous then head for Pinkston watersports for paddleboarding, rafting and canoeing. From Stirling Glasgow is just 30 miles and takes just over 30 minutes. There is also a frequent train service taking 35 minutes, and the Off Peak Day Return ticket is £8.80 (2020).
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At a Glance

  • Location: 34 Miles North East
  • Admission (2020): N/a
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Perth

Perth is a compact and attractive city on the banks of the River Tay and is known as ‘The Fair City’ after the Sir Walter Scott novel published in 1828. There are superb gardens and parks beside the river, a Museum and Art Gallery, thriving theatre and a new Concert Hall with world class performances and concerts. Scone Palace is nearby, the crowning place of Scottish Kings, with spectacular rooms to visit as well as the gardens and a maze. Perth is 34 miles from Stirling, around a 45 minutes drive. There are also frequent trains, taking around 40-45 minutes, and the Off Peak Day Return ticket is £8.80 (2020).
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At a Glance

  • Location: 42 Miles East
  • Admission (2020): N/a
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Edinburgh

Whilst staying at Colessio you can easily visit Edinburgh for the day and enjoy the sights of this world class city. By car it is just 42 miles and takes around an hour depending on traffic. Alternatively you could leave the car at the hotel and take the fast and frequent trains from Stirling to Edinburgh Waverley station, perfect for the shopping on Princes Street and views of Edinburgh Castle. Journey time is around 50 minutes and with the off peak Day Return ticket at £10.10 (2020) it may be cheaper than taking the car and parking!

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Film Location Tours

This part of Scotland has played host to many movies and television productions including Outlander, James Bond, Harry Potter and of course the historical blockbusters Braveheart and Rob Roy. So whether you want to follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter to Steall Falls or visit the Scottish headquarters of MI6 from The World in Not Enough, the choice is yours.

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At a Glance

  • Location: 24 Miles West
  • Admission (2020): Adult £15.50 Family £38.50
  • Open: Mid March to October
  • More Information: View website

Loch Katrine Cruise

With many charms and a rich heritage, Loch Katrine has won the heart of countless visitors. It is truly one of Scotland’s special places. Just as special as the magnificent scenery is the famous steamship, the “Sir Walter Scott”, which itself has been a landmark here in The Trossachs for over a hundred years. You can enjoy a cruise on this wonderful ship or on “Lady of the Lake” – the best way to experience the beauty of Loch Katrine.

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At a Glance

  • Location: 20 Miles West
  • Admission (2020): Free
  • Open: Mid March to October
  • More Information: View website

David Marshall Lodge

The Lodge is an iconic building situated in the heart of The Trossachs just a few minutes from Aberfoyle village centre. From The Lodge you have stunning views towards the Loch Ard Forest, Ben Lomond and the Gargunnock and Campsie Hills. There is a children’s play area and an ingenious Lumber Jill, a maze that children can play on.

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At a Glance

  • Location: Website
  • Admission (2020): Free
  • Open: All Year
  • More Information: View website

Heart200 Route

Heart 200 is a new suggested touring route of approximately 200 miles around Perth, Stirling, The Trossachs and Highland Perthshire – covering the Heart of Scotland. What’s more, this stunning journey links Scotland’s two national parks, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and the Cairngorms. So, whether you’re staying with us for a weekend break, week-long holiday or something in-between, you can use this route to build an enjoyable and memorable holiday with us.

Image credits: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam – VisitScotland / Discover Clackmannanshire
Information correct at July 2020. Please confirm details direct with attraction. E&OE.

Why not take a picnic?

To make things easier we can put together a picnic lunch for you to take on your travels, just ask at reception for more details.

Dog Friendly Welcome

We like to welcome your whole family, so don’t leave your beloved dog at home, bring them with you! There are so many walks and parks nearby they'll have a great time! See our Pet Policy.

A VICTORIAN LANDMARK HOTEL IN STIRLING

Hotel Colessio is perfectly situated for exploring this beautiful part of Scotland.

  • Edinburgh and Glasgow within easy reach
  • Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument and Bannockburn nearby
  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs on the edge of the Scottish Highlands only 30 minutes by car
  • A Dog Friendly Hotel

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STAYCATION SPECIAL

2 course dinner from our set menu, bed and breakfast from £39 per adult and £30 per child under 12 per night. Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to check in.

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