Drive to 'The Peak', indoor sports centre, have a climbing session followed by a swim or a skate! Nice wee café - www.stirling.gov.uk/thepeak.htm
Then catch a film at The Vue Cinema, or go ten pin bowling, both in the same area, and then take to the shops in the Thistle Centre for some retail threapy.
Has a fabulous leisure pool - www.liveactive.co.uk then off to Noah's Ark - www.noahs-ark.co.uk indoor soft play, ceramics centre and go karting all under one roof! If you have any energy left, after all that, you could travel on to Scone Palace - www.scone-palace.co.uk where there is an adventure plaground, tartan maze or just feed the peacocks in this impressive place. The grounds often hold events at the weekends.
Taking the train to Queen street station takes you to the heart of shopping land! Princes Square for designer shops, at the bottom of Buchanan street you get to Argyll street - more shopping! or jump on the clockwork orange (underground train) and it will take you to lots of attractions, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum exit at Kelvinhall station, stick to Byres Road and Ashton Lane running parallel, exit at Hillhead station, for some smaller indepentant and interesting shopping. The Botanic Gardens are at the top end of Byres road (Hillhead underground, turn right) If you are driving head for the Science museum with the Imax cinema next to it, for full deatils see http://www.gsc.org.uk/
Travel by train from Dunblane or Stirling for a nearly car free day! Take the hourly train to Waverly station. Tour buses wait just outside and are a good start to seeing any city. National Gallery of Scotland - www.natgalscot.ac.uk,
Camera Obscura - www.camera-obscura.co.uk
Royal Yacht Britannia - www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk, see how the other half live/d!!
The Scotch Whisky Experience, not soley for Dads! www.whisky-heritage.co.uk.
All these attractions are good for old and young and indoors. With the children predominately in mind try Dynamic Earth - www.dynamicearth.co.uk
Stop at 'Real Food Cafe', a posh homemade pie and chip shop for a warming lunch - http://www.therealfoodcafe.com, 1 hours drive from Lochend, at Tyndrum. At the Green Welly Shop opposite ther is a petrol station, many Scottish Souveniers and a good outdoor clothing shop.
Drive on 20-30 mins. Through what we think is a most impressive mountain range, with the feeling of being very wee as these huge mountains tower on either side, often more impressive in the rain! To the Glencoe Visitors Centre - www.glencoe-nts.org.uk it's a really nice centre, shop has huge range of books for children and adults, nice gifts, coffee shop and a visitors film/experience, telling the troubled history of Glencoe!
After this drive on another 5 mins. to the turnoff for Kinlochleven, signposts start for "The Ice Factor", www.ice-factor.co.uk an indoor centre for rock and ice climbing - great fun even if you've never tried it before.
2-3 hours (approx)
Drive towards Kinross, along the hillfoots, and the through all the mining villages heading to Elie, first and longest streach of white beach on the 'East Neuk' with a very qaint feel, cricket played on the beach at low tide April to November, see www.ship-elie.com, and a great watersports centre, www.eliewatersports.com at the harbour. So if you feel like a bit of sandy beach then this is the closest and best.
Carry on by car up the east neuk towards St Andrews and you go
through lots of picturesque villages among
then Pittenweem with it's thriving arts scene
and festival at the begining of August and
Crail. St Andrews itself needs
little introducing but is a fabulously ancient town with its very
famous sands, as seen on Chariots of Fire!
Sealife Centre - www.standrewsaquarium.co.uk
Old fashioned feeling cinema www.nphcinema.co.uk and nice shops.
The east of Scotland is notorious for being the drier side of Scotland!! This is mainly a road trip, with a stop in St Andrews.