Stirling railway station is located right in the centre of the city, serving the towns and villages across the Forth Valley.
Falkirk is particularly well served from Edinburgh and Glasgow, as it lies on the fast service between the cities, with departures every 15 minutes during the day.
Clackmannanshire is also well connected, with direct services from Glasgow and Stirling to Alloa railway station.
Local bus services are excellent. It is worth checking timetables in advance, especially if you want to travel to more remote communities.
Stirling and Falkirk offer local bus services to major towns as well as some of the minor villages of the Forth Valley.
Water bus services are available on Loch Lomond, linking west, east and south shores from Balmaha to Luss and Balloch and Tarbet to Inversnaid and Rowardennan. Look out for timetables in local accommodation and visitor centres.
Route 76 of the National Cycle Network runs from the Edinburgh area through Falkirk, Stirling and Alloa before continuing around to Fife. Use the route as a great scenic way of exploring the region, with some sections largely traffic-free.
The West Lomond Cycle Path is 17 miles from Balloch to Tarbet - both have train stations so you can easily reach the start.