Golf: Scotland is the birthplace of golf and there are at least 50 golf courses less than an hour away. In partnership with The Links Club, individually tailored golf packages with bookings at Scotland’s famous old golf courses as well as visits to “wee gems”, golf courses off the beaten track and usually only played by locals, can be arranged.
Hill Walking/Mountain Biking: Magnificent hill-walking (hiking) is available close to Stirling ; you could even bag your first Munroe (hills over 3000 feet). Or you can explore the back roads and network of paths on a bicycle. Or for the more adventurous, combine the hills with bikes, we have some fabulous mountain biking in the area.
Fishing: There’s plenty of fishing in and around Stirling. You should check out this great blog – the Unfamous Fly – which is written by a local angler and has some very useful and interesting information.
Then there’s pony-trekking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, climbing and more.
Heritage: Perhaps you want to investigate your Scottish heritage, re-live some of Scotland ’s history by visiting the many castles, stately homes and interpretive museums in the area. You can tour/taste your way around Scotland ’s many whisky distilleries, or re-trace the old woollen trail, visiting woolen mills and their outlet stores.
Scotland ’s historic capital, Edinburgh with the renowned Edinburgh Festival, as well as ongoing theatre, music, art and history is only forty minutes east. Forty minutes south west and you’re in Glasgow with its long history of architecture, art and popular culture.
Stirling and Scotland play host to a number of top Arts and Entertainment events every year. You may wish to plan a stay at Newholme in conjunction with some of these events.
Stirling Highland Games: There are a number of Highland Games events throughout the area in summer, but the local ones are to be held at Bridgehaugh Park Stirling on the 2nd Sunday in July every year. Read more at stirling-highland-games.co.uk.
The Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival: Come and experience the best whiskies that Scotland has to offer, with over 30 distilleries/brands exhibiting on the day and an estimated 200 different whiskies available. Taking place on May 11th 2013, you may want to come to town for this! Find more information at Stirling Whisky Festival.
Stirling’s Hogmanay: Fireworks, music, bands and street entertainment and a hugely impressive fireworks display, see Stirling into a new year. Some events require a ticket for access in advance.(Castle Esplanade activities).
Edinburgh International Festival: featuring the Festival Fringe, Film festival, Book festival and spectactular fireworks display. This annual arts extravaganza brings tourists to Scotland from all over the world. Accomodation can be difficult in Edinburgh and Newholme is only 40 minutes by train to the heart of the action. Mid August to Early September. See what’s on at the Edinburgh International Festival Website.
Doune and Dunblane Fling: A family day out held just outside Stirling at Doune Castle.
The Scribblers Picnic: A music and arts fun day out held in Stirling each year in memory of a local musician and writer. The event attracts many musicians, bands and artists and is all done to aid a number of cancer charities.
It’s all just a stone’s throw from Newholme. If you can’t find the information on Newholme’s activities table, just ask David!
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