This itinerary begins in Aberfoyle, which lies an easy and scenic hour’s drive north of Glasgow and close to some of the most magnificent parts of the Loch Lomand and Trossachs National Park around Loch Katrine. Then after time in the great outdoors here, it’s another beautiful drive through small villages and towns to Stirling, a small city with some top flight attractions for those interested in Scottish history, particularly its heroes William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
Drive to the town of Callander for lunch at the excellent Callander Meadows restaurant (24 Main St.), or pick up an excellent pie at the Scotch Oven bakery (8 Main St.) to picnic by the river.
Consider dropping in at the atmospheric Doune Castle, or child-friendly Blair Drummond Safari Park, on your way to the impressive Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. Visit Bannockburn battlefield afterward if you have time.
In Stirling, Henderson’s (Albert Place; FK8 2QL) is an elegant fine dining option on the southern edge of the center, while Smiling Jacks (17 Barnton St.) is great for Mexican and close to both the railway station, and the eclectic Junk Rooms (17 Friars St.) whose menus range from basic burgers to fancy french dishes.