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  • A large stone carving with latin lettering and intricate depictions of men on horseback
    A replica of the Bridgeness Slab, Bo'ness ©The Friends of Kinneil/The PR Store
  • The exterior of Callendar House in Callendar Park, Falkirk
    Callendar House in Callendar Park, Falkirk
  • Looking north east over Loch Lomond towards Ben Lomond
    Loch Lomond
  • A portrait of Sir William Alexander in Menstrie Castle
    A portrait of Sir William Alexander in Menstrie Castle
  • Statue of Rob Roy MacGregor
    Statue of Rob Roy MacGregor

Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley is a place filled with history, culture and beautiful landscapes, and is home to Scotland’s first National Park. Why not see what you can explore, without breaking the bank?

Free attractions

Learn about the history of Dollar, one of the most picturesque towns in the Clackmannanshire area at the Dollar Museum. Once a 19th century woollen mill, the collections occupy two floors and feature stone carvings and relics from the Battle of Dollar in 877.

The Park Gallery is a superb contemporary arts venue situated in Callendar House, and offers a programme of exciting exhibitions, from local to international artists and craftspeople.
Explore 2,000 years of history at the Kinneil Museum as you go on a journey from Roman times to the present day. The museum sits inside the Kinneil Estate, a vibrant area of woodland, ponds and walking trails.

There are magnificent structures and crumbling fortresses dotted across the region, which are free to enter. The area has witnessed several important battles and key events, and you can delve further into the history at Menstrie Castle and Dunblane Cathedral.

A couple walking on a mountain path up Ben Arthur in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Ben Arthur, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

Free outdoor activities

Did you know that the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is home to 21 Munros? For some of Scotland’s best views, grab your walking boots and enjoy adventures in an area bursting with natural beauty.

The Trossachs is ‘Rob Roy Country’, named after one of Scotland’s most famous outlaws. Follow in his footsteps along the Rob Roy Way and see where the notorious Scot hid from his pursuers in the dense forests.

Explore the landscape on two wheels, with varying cycle routes available for all abilities. Go for a 12-mile cycle around the picturesque Callendar Estate, or admire iconic views of sparkling lochs and rugged mountains at the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

A couple walking in Alva Glen, Clackmannanshire
Alva Glen, Clackmannanshire

Free places to go

Make your way to Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve (NNR), the UK’s largest raised bog, where you can see a wide range of mosses and shrubs. Visit in early May to June to see geese and birds of prey.

Witness rocky crags and high peaks at the Ben Lui NNR, which attracts walkers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. 

Follow the path through Alva Glen, and you will reach the first of five waterfalls, including the 23 m Craighorn Fall and the Big Fall, a hidden waterfall which cascades magically into the Smugglers Cave.