Looking for a day trip from Glasgow? Below is a trip I took recently to Stirling castle, roughly a 30 minute drive northbound up the M80 and M9.
The entry fee to the castle was pretty steep at £14.50 for an adult and £4 for parking, but if you can arrive before 11am, then make the most of your ticket and join the free guided tour that leaves the courtyard at 11.
The tour take you around the grounds of the castle and explains its history. It lasts just under an hour, then you are free to wander around the insides of the buildings. If you get a day like mine, then you will be happy to get inside and warm up after an hour in the cold.
After the tour you get the chance to look inside the Royal Living Quarters, the Chapel, the Great Kitchens, and the Great Hall. There is so much to see here you could easily spend the day. I only spent the morning as the weather got bad but if it wasn't for that I would have stayed for lunch and continued to look around.
The 360 degree views around the castle are beautiful and a great photo opportunity. If you're looking for lunch, dinner or coffee, then head back down from the castle to Bridge of Allan. Only a 15 minutes drive down I would recommend the restaurant 'Jam Jar' for lunch and 'Simply Nood' for coffee or light bite.
Simply Nood has some of the best coffee I have tasted in and around Glasgow. They begin with weighing the ground coffee to make sure you get the right amount of espresso and end with serving it in a takeaway cup (only as I asked for a takeaway) that stops the foam from spilling out and designed to correctly fit to your lips. I was very impressed and the coffee itself was a 10 out of 10.
Want to add to your day out, then take a walk up to the Wallace Monument. The walk from the bottom of the hill is one mile and is signed from the play park. For a shorter walk you can drive half way up and park in the visitors centre. There are a number of short walks around the monument and good views of the castle from the top