Attractions and Things to Do near Thorntree Barn during your visit must include The Kelpies, the Wallace monumement, Doune castle and Drummond Gardens
We are only 12 miles from Stirling and less from the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. There is so much to do in our immediate area that is only possible to give you a taster
The Kelpies in Helix Park can be seen from the motorway. But we strongly recommend making a specific visit. Construction of The Kelpies In an monumental feat of engineering, The Kelpies rose from the ground in just 90 days, in late 2013.
Construction of The Kelpies began on 17th June 2013. The two enormous structures were manufactured and installed by SH Structures Limited. In a remarkable feat of engineering, the sculptures rose out of the ground in a stunning construction process, captured in all its glory by Walid Salhab in his dramatic time-lapse stop-motion film. The build was officially completed on 27th November 2013, and was celebrated with a ‘topping-out’ ceremony featuring Duke and Baron, the Clydesdale life models for The Kelpies.
The National Wallace Monument is one of Stirling’s most distinctive landmarks, overlooking the scene of Scotland’s victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. This is a place where history is something you can touch and feel, as you follow the story of Sir William Wallace, patriot, martyr, and Guardian of Scotland. For 150 years, this world-famous attraction has fascinated visitors with its exhibits and displays. Make The National Wallace Monument the high point of your visit to Stirling.
Marvel at the splendour of Doune Castle, built as the home of Regent Albany, ‘Scotland’s uncrowned king’. His rich tastes can be seen clearly in the architecture of the medieval courtyard castle. Today, you can walk in the footsteps of rulers both real and fictional. Doune is a popular filming location and has featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones and Outlander. Actor/director Terry Jones narrates an audio tour that reveals Doune’s exciting history and tales from the Holy Grail film set.
Drummond Castle gardens are built into the side of a steep hillside and several flights of steep steps provide the main access for visitors. It is therefore important that anyone with limited mobility is aware of this fact. If you do not feel up to using the steps it is possible to ask at the ticket office for directions to the entrance at the bottom of the garden. We have given serious consideration on the best way to provide access to the gardens for visitors who need to use a wheelchair