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Balloch Castle Country Park, West Dunbartonshire
The Falkirk Wheel
Looking down to the bridge at the Falls of Dochart, Killin
In Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley you can climb high mountains and cruise deep lochs, relive the bravest battles or immerse yourself in modern art and shop for the latest labels. The region perfectly blends modern city and town landscapes with some of the best natural scenery anywhere in Scotland, most being only one hour’s drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh.
City of Stirling, Strathallan and the Campsies
Though thoroughly a modern city today, Stirling has played a major historical role in Scotland’s story as it was once an ancient capital in the country due to its strategic position on top of a volcanic plug and at the junction of the Highlands and Lowlands. A favoured home of the mighty Stuart kings, Stirling Castle is visible for miles around, etched into the skyline.
You can see seven different battle sites from the castle, including the 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge fought by William Wallace, and the Bannockburn battleground where Robert the Bruce achieved his historic victory.
Falkirk was shaped by the Scottish industrial revolution and during this time the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals played a key role in transporting raw materials and finished products.
In 2002, as part of the Millennium Link project to connect the two canals, the world’s first rotating boat lift was unveiled, allowing boats to travel across Scotland from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea. After exploring the visitor centre at The Falkirk Wheel, you can climb aboard a boat in the basin to sweep cleanly through the air and take in the remarkable surroundings.
Enjoy a grand day out at Callendar House, where you can explore the Georgian Kitchen, contemporary Park Gallery, and magnificent surrounding park and woodlands.
Explore Clackmannanshire’s charming scenery and nature at Gartmorn Dam. Celebrating its 300 year anniversary, Gartmorn Dam is the oldest reservoir in Scotland and is now a peaceful retreat for walking, cycling, horseriding and fishing. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an important site for migratory wildfowl in the winter months as well the birds which breed here in the summer.
Once a major player in Scotland’s textile industry, the county is now a hub of creativity with traditional crafts sitting alongside contemporary art.
Woodland trails within Dollar Glen lead to Castle Campbell and pass crashing waterfalls. Uncover the striking contrasts of traditional and modern whilst exploring the Andy Scott Sculpture Trail in the beautiful countryside.
Another highlight is the Tower Trail – which provides a tour of four medieval towers and a manor house, all of which have been homes to important people in Clackmannanshire’s heritage.
Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Breadalbane
Discover Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, an awe-inspiring landscape and natural playground for outdoor activities. Spend some time exploring these 720 square miles of natural beauty, where you will find Loch Lomond, the largest fresh water expanse in mainland Britain.
Located to the north of Scotland’s first National Park, The Trossachs & Breadalbane marks the meeting ground for the Highlands and Lowlands where tall peaks tower over flat plains and crystal-clear lochs glimmer through the landscape. Villages nestle amid a wilderness of beauty spots and Callander and Aberfoyle provide a hub for visitors all year round.
This region is perfect for walkers who will love bagging some of the Munros and higher peaks in the area. The Crianlarich area plays host to the park’s tallest peak, Ben More, at 3,842 ft. and is easy to access by both road or the West Highland Railway.