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  • The exterior of Callendar House in Callendar Park, Falkirk
    Callendar House in Callendar Park, Falkirk
  • The Falkirk Wheel
    The Falkirk Wheel
  • River Spirit sculpture by Andy Scott
    River Spirit sculpture by Andy Scott
  • This Journey's End sculpture by Andy Scott
    This Journey's End sculpture by Andy Scott

Discover the creative side of Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, StirlingĀ & Forth Valley, a region filled with artists, writers and craftspeople who have been creating great works for many years.

Clackmannanshire was once a major player in Scotland's textile industry, where freshwater streams bubbling down from the Ochil Hills powered mills, and later coalfields fed new steam-powered machinery. The county is now a hub of creativity with traditional crafts sitting alongside contemporary art.

The Alloa Maker's Village is another centre for creativity and brings together an eclectic mix of artists and makers. Join in a class, visit one of the regular open exhibitions and unwind in the complex's new bistro. Why not tease out your creative side at the Elin Isaksson hot glass studio based at the Makers' Village? Blow your own whisky glass to create a beautiful and personal gift.

There are also a number of trails and routes which will guide you around the best sculptures, making sure you don't miss any hidden gems. You might also be surprised to bump into Rob Mulhollandā€™s mirrored figures, known as The Sentinels, around the town of Alloa. Follow the Andy Scott Sculpture Trail through Clackmannanshire and have fun trying to decipher the meaning of these impressive artworks. On the far west near Aberfoyle, the Loch Ard Family Sculpture Trails are perfect for exploring by foot or bike.

Visit a number of arts and culture attractions in Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley such as Bo'ness Hippodrome, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012 as Scotland's first purpose-built cinema, and Callander House, which holds contemporary art exhibitions in its Park Gallery.

Be inspired by the outdoors at the Helix, a new innovative outdoor space which opens this year. Explore the 350 hectares of picturesque woodland and fun recreational areas. Look out for the new Andy Scott sculptures, the Kelpies, which are two giant horses heads, 30 m tall.

See a fantastic example of creative technology at The Falkirk Wheel. In 2002, as part of the Millennium Link project to connect the two canals, the world's first rotating boat life was unveiled, allowing boats to travel across Scotland from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea.

As well as creating arts and crafts, the region also produces other creative items. At the Allanwater Brewhouse, in Bridge of Allan, you can learn the art of preparing traditional crafted ales before sampling a pint yourself.

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