Stirlingshire is a ‘must visit’ for two particular reasons: Stirling Castle, which sits upon an extinct volcano, and the Wallace Monument, looking over the site in which William Wallace led the Scots to victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.
The county’s golf courses are equally impressive.
Golf has been played on that land that is now Stirling Golf Club since 1505, when King James IV’s reigned, and over the years the course has been shaped by Old Tom Morris, Willie Fernie and Sir Henry Cotton to create the parkland delight it is today.
If it’s a James Braid classic you’re after, a few miles east of Loch Lomond you’ll find Buchanan Castle. Situated on a forested estate near Drymen, the course is on the flood plain of the Endrick Water as it meanders from the Kilpatrick Hills into the loch nearby and its fairways are framed by tall, imposing trees.
Ranked second best course in the region, Glenbervie is another testing parkland, which has held a number of regional and national championships, as well as Open Qualifying.