I recently read a post about my hometown written by a travel blogger. As much as I loved seeing the town through someone else’s eyes, it left me a little embarrassed that said travel blogger from the other side of the world knew more about the history of the town than I did, she even named some places of interest and restaurants that I’d never heard of in my 34 years living in the town. I am a terrible local, I’m the person that gives out incorrect directions, I prefer spending time in other places so if you ask me for food or drink recommendations I’ll likely send you 30 miles away to my favourite spots in Glasgow or Edinburgh. This past weekend though, I made a conscious effort to spend some quality time closer to home.
Plean Country Park – Parkrun
I’m still struggling with my running I’m not sure why, instead of getting faster I seem to be getting slower. It’s a tough route but I really love it. If you are a runner and find yourself in the area (probably lost because your sat nav sent you the wrong way) be sure to check out Plean Parkrun (and wear trail shoes).
Lunch – Brea – Baker Street, Stirling
A well overdue catch up with my friends. The first time we’ve managed to get the whole group together for over a year. We headed to Brea in Stirling for lunch. I ate here with my running group to celebrate our marathon success and loved it on Saturday it did not disappoint. I highly recommend* it, it’s a traditional Scottish restaurant that boasts a menu filled with local produce. They also have several Vegan and Gluten Free options.
Three courses and two bottles of no-so-Scottish prosecco later (it was a little early to be taste testing their extensive list of whiskys and gins) we headed out in search of cocktails. I have to be honest the town was lacking atmosphere, maybe it was the rain but every bar we went to was pretty empty, with the exception of Molly Malones Irish Bar which was overflowing with rugby fans we couldn’t get a seat in there so made a swift exit. We were happy to have a good chat and giggle in quiet bars, although things did seem a bit more lively by the time our bar crawl reached our final destination, Brewdog.
I’m not particularly a beer drinker but I found a favourite in Brewdog (which is fast taking over the world of craft beer) a ‘too easy to drink’ graperfruit based IPA named Elvis Juice. Seriously though, is Scotland known for anything other than its alcoholic beverages?
Full of Caorunn gin and Elvis Juice, in true 30+ style we all headed for home around 8pm and I can confirm I was all tucked up in bed by 10pm having had the best day out with my besties.
Early bed on Saturday means fresh Sundays and the Mr talking me into going hiking with him. Thankfully, I managed to talk him out of a snow-capped Ben Ledi opting for an ‘easier’ walk at Bracklinn Falls in Callander.
We didn’t do the full circuit, instead we walked half way ate our sandwiches, then returned back the same way. After overdosing on fresh air, we spent the evening with family back home and I had the best sleep. EVER that night! Fresh air and tired legs for the win!
I actually had such a great, chilled weekend and think I’ll keep playing tourist in and around my hometown, maybe then I’ll actually have something to tell tourists when they ask ‘where’s good to visit/eat/do?
Do – Plean ParkRun
Eat – Brea
Drink – Caorunn gin, Fever Tree tonic garnished with pink lady apple
Drink – Elvis juice at Brewdog
Visit/Do – Bracklinn Falls Walk – take a picnic and find our picnic table.
*I’m not a food critic, I never will be. Basically, I will eat absolutely anything and my opinions on food are either “that was really nice” or on very rare occasions “that was bloody awful”. I unfortunately don’t have the skills to tell you whether your prawns were caught in the North Sea 8 hours ago and breaded by hand or frozen 8 months ago and straight from the freezer in Aldi. Please keep this in mind when I give recommendations, although my friends thoroughly enjoyed Brea too so you can blame them if you hate it!!
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