This area is bursting with fascinating castles and heritage attractions to visit. Here are our top recommendations.
Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. Anyone with a passion for design and architecture will love the Hill House, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece on a grand scale. Discover the visually arresting mix of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial and Japonisme architecture and design.
Explore this 14th century courtyard castle in Doune, with a striking 100 ft high gatehouse and one of the best preserved great halls in Scotland. This was used as a film location for the BBC production of Ivanhoe and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Stirling Castle is one of Scotland's most historically important sites and was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle. you can meet the costumed characters in the roles of bodyguards, court officials, maids of honour and servants who will welcome you into 16th century life. Families can have fun in the palace vaults where children can try out activities such as dressing in period costume and playing medieval instruments.
Located on the site of the former, influential and innovative William Denny Shipyard, the museum features the world’s first commercial ship testing facility, the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank. Discover how William Denny and Brothers’ innovative and experimental approach to shipbuilding made waves in the shipbuilding industry from the 1800s to 1963.
Dumbarton Castle is located in the ancient capital of Scotland and is spectacularly sited on a volcanic rock overlooking the River Clyde. Conquer more than 500 steps to stand atop one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds. The iconic Rock of the Clyde has heritage as breathtaking as its views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and Argyll.